In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief. – John Barrymore

An episode of Netflix’s “Love” shows a mess of a woman struggling to spend an evening alone without getting drunk or high; an addict the show may portray her to be, but the cliché perpetuates that us young ‘uns (anyone under 40) just don’t know how to be alone. Or is it that we’re so antisocial, constantly glued to our phones, that we are always alone even we’re with other people? Or that even when we’re alone, we’re never alone because we’re constantly on our phones…

Hard to keep up. As someone who needs time alone (whether on phone, on laptop, or on book) I find it hard to get into the mindset of someone for whom a “day off” consists of the gym, one or two appointments, cooking for a coven of guests, and some small-scale planet-saving. One of my best friends is the latter and, to me, she exists on another plane of humanity entirely. I do not understand when she breathes. My “day off” is null and void if I brush my teeth twice or cook more than one meal. Sunday might be the most generally accepted day to do this but it just feels extra nice to do it on a Tuesday, right? Though as someone sans employment, it’s hard to remember the last day “on” I had.

Yesterday, a kind-of-Christian friend, mimosa in hand, lightly mentioned that she felt strange about drinking on what was barely minutes into a Sunday afternoon. This led to my heathen-esque response of: “Well, it’s the day of rest, but you’re also supposed to celebrate God, so alcohol is surely the most apt way to spend a Sunday.” This is what I’ve spent thousands of pounds on theology degrees to conclude, ignore it at your peril. Technically I think if you’re not allowed to turn on the oven or a light switch, opening the fridge to get the prosecco and orange juice out is also a no-no, but I imagine that that seems alien to most people now whether they are religious or not. The mimosa was gone within seconds, by the way. As were several more.

Ramblings in hand, the vaguest of conclusions I’m going to try to point to is that god or no god, a day off a week should be a legal requirement for everyone, and short of that, at least open a bottle to get through yet another day on. Facebook or Netflix included; they are also a legal requirement of everyone under 40 and no longer count as things. Maybe you’re physically incapable of having an entire 24 hours off, in which case I recommend baby steps, or get all the bottles out.


1 thought on “In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief. – John Barrymore”

  1. Growing up in certain Christian circles, alcohol was the gateway to sin and damnation; so it was strictly looked down upon. When I had an occasion to drink last; all I could think of was a dozen or so sermons from the pastor about all the evils just one sip unleashes. But that’s coming from one of the circles where education isn’t highly prized and the literal interpretation of the Word is law.


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