Sunday

Sightseeing on a SundaySunday. The day that comes after wonderful Saturday (for those that aren’t working) and before dreaded Monday.
Remember when Sundays were a lazy day? When NOTHING was open. Literally nothing… except for Mr Patel’s corner shop.
Remember that day of the week, when you had nothing to do and so you would go and see your cousins, or your aunt or friends? Life seemed simpler.
Not everyone had a car and certainly not a few cars per household and so you spent more time with those that lived around you.

Now, EVERYTHING is open on a Sunday. And if it isn’t then the usual reaction is ‘Whaaaat?? Why are they not open?!’
So we spend more time shopping, going to theme parks and generally ‘filling’ our time, rather than sitting, talking and socialising ‘properly’ with loved ones.

The pace of life has become somewhat faster even though we have so many tools to make life easier and more efficient. We have cars, mobile phones, the internet – all these devices that make tasks easier. Unfortunately they also complicate things.

We spend more time travelling, because we can get to places easily and then spend less time at these places before we move on to the next place.
Because we can.

We spend more time browsing and reading on the phone, because we are now connected to a plethora of information and people worldwide.
Remember when we sat down and wrote letters?! My gosh if I am asked to fill in a form, my hand starts hurting after answering a few questions!
I used to have a penpal in France when I was a child and I would patiently wait to receive her letters and then spend a long time trying to write perfectly to her, answering all her questions about England and my daily life. I would always wonder why her writing was so ‘curly wurly’.
I used to spend my Sundays going swimming with my closest friends and then coming home and listening to the Top 40 singles Chart on Radio 1… trying to record songs I liked ‘ahem’…

Life was so much simpler, we couldn’t get to places with ease, we couldn’t go shopping 24/7 and that was a good thing since we didn’t have copious amounts of money.
We laughed and cried in person. We made an effort to SEE each other in the physical form.
We made time.
We had time to make time.

 

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Sunday

  1. Enjoyed reading this. Relate to those lazy Sundays of my yesteryears spent as you describe them. My job requires a lot of extra work to keep on top of things but I try to retain Sunday as the day of laziness ( well lazy compared to the rest of the hectic week 🙂 My son works in retail and he has never ceased to be amazed by the mad shoppers in a frenzy to fill trolleys for food to cover a one day closure for a public holiday, only to be at the doors the day after at opening time ready to do it again. I say “BRING BACK FREE TIME “.

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  5. And this was what launched you? 🙂 I like it.

    I read in a group the other day that a woman had been on a bus and at the bus stop as they pulled up were 20ish people, of which THREE were not head-down, engaged in their phones…

    It’s a wonderful new world but we need balance. We haven’t got that yet.

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    • Yes this was the very first post 🙂
      Sad isn’t it – we just can’t switch off. I tried my best to switch off from apps and social media in early 2014, but as this blog has progressed, I have had to keep up. I don’t have facebook and WP on my phone so that I can control myself – but then I end up missing so much!

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      • For better or worse, I think of it as a Brave New World, where we’re not just lumbered with making relationships with the whomsoever is around us, but that we can pick and choose from the melting-pot of all the world, the people who we connect best with. F’rinstance, two of the people I talk to on a daily basis are in Murica. I wouldn’t be without them. I don’t particularly want to limit myself, if that makes sense. I’m not averse to In Real relationships, but…the online ones are awesome and incredible, too.

        And I HATE missing out. Hate it 😉

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      • You’re right and I’m learning that now having met such wonderful people via this blog and twitter. I have struggled in the past with knowing when to switch off and focus on the people ‘physically’ in my life and hence made decisions to get rid of apps on the phone.
        It’s my own lack of discipline that’s the problem really!

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