The Indefinite Hangout

Thanks to MWF Seeking BFF for this post about The Indefinite Hangout. Let me quote some parts of the blog entry.

Yesterday at brunch a friend mentioned that one of the biggest and toughest changes in friendship as we age has been the elimination of the β€œindefinite hangout.” Indefinite as in, we’ll hang until we’re done, without a specific time stamp because someone has to get home or to a workout class or to an appointment.

These days, though, that’s an incredible luxury. At a Sunday morning brunch, there’s almost always the next thing on your to-do list, and when you make brunch plans you might find yourself saying β€œ11 sounds great, but I have to be home by 1:30 because…”

Come to think of it, I don’t remember when my last indefinite hangout was, even with Mr. Go. I consider it a luxury indeed to hangout and have nothing planned after, opening the possibilities for spontaneity. I may consider alternatives whenever I go out, but I don’t remember a time when I just went out and had no alternatives planned. I think I need to give in more to life’s pleasures and stop planning every bit of my life. (haha!)

I know I plan a lot. I plan so much I always have contingency plans to make sure I “achieve” “something.” I guess I don’t like the feeling of a “wasted” day. I say it as “wasted” because there really isn’t such a thing as a wasted day because there is always a purpose for everything. I just feel guilty sometimes when I put off things that I must do for personal pleasure.

I need to remember that rest and leisure is something that must also be achieved. Living life!

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About Mariel Tan

Artist at heart who shares the spice in her life. Visit my blogs: https://marieltan.wordpress.com/ https://joiedevivremariel.wordpress.com/

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