Let us have a referendum on the working week, shall we, and vote yes or yes to a weekend. Let us all, taking our time and considering all angles, decide whether it is right or very right to bid farewell to boredom and ceaseless adulting. Let us choose to Remain free and fettered not by the drab reality of the Employed Unhappy.
Let us instead Exit the week, for it’s Friday, toe tappers, and here are a few things to help you get into it.
1.This, my new favourite, song by Anne Marie called Alarm. I swear I know nothing more about it, or her, save that I play it at least 7 times during my morning runs and it has powered me on to 2 PBs in a week. Also that it sounds like the musical love child of a Rihanna song and tequila-fuelled fight with your boyfriend. It’s best enjoyed played obnoxiously loud in your car.
2 and 3. This my second current favourite song called Phenomenal Woman off the recently released, achingly beautiful and entirely perfect second Laura Mvula album called The Dreaming Room. The title as you will know is taken from the famous soul-affirming Maya Angelou poem, which is also reproduced for your joy and life enrichment below.
4. This great article that resurfaced on How You’re Ruining Your Life Without Realising It by Bianca Sparacino. Yes, it’s one of those ‘follow your dreams’ type pieces, which can be a bit exhausting and heavy-handed (I mean, yes, dreams are great but also someone has to be practical) BUT I strongly believe that happiness cannot be achieved without purpose, so if this helps you figure yours out…
Here’s an excerpt, and click on the title link for the whole thing.
You ruin your life by letting your past govern it. It is common for certain things in life to happen to you. There will be heartbreak, confusion, days where you feel like you aren’t special or purposeful. There are moments that will stay with you, words that will stick. You cannot let these define you – they were simply moments, they were simply words. If you allow for every negative event in your life to outline how you view yourself, you will view the world around you negatively. You will miss out on opportunities because you didn’t get that promotion five years ago, convincing yourself that you were stupid. You will miss out on affection because you assumed your past love left you because you weren’t good enough, and now you don’t believe the man or the woman who urges you to believe you are. This is a cyclic, self-fulfilling prophecy. If you don’t allow yourself to move past what happened, what was said, what was felt, you will look at your future with that lens, and nothing will be able to breach that judgment. You will keep on justifying, reliving, and fueling a perception that shouldn’t have existed in the first place.
5. This humorous little poster made in the last days of the #Brexit campaign by Team Remain.
This week’s featured image is a photo of a croissant, because some of my friends spent a morning outside Kings Cross trying to hand them out and convince people to stay in the EU and made me enormously proud. We lost this one, but we gave it a good go, I think, so present events notwithstanding, I do hope you will all
GO FORTH AND FROLIC.