For many twenty-somethings, Saturdays are holy. After working countless early morning shifts at Starbucks or some other retail store that opens at an ungodly hour in the morning, you’ve finally earned your stripes and landed that 9-to-5 everyone has been secretly dreaming of.
That means free Saturday mornings (woohoo!). But what ever are you going to do? Here are five awesome ways to spend your Saturday morning:
1. Watch cartoons
Maybe you haven’t tried this since you were 10, but cartoons are much like naps. There is a time when you think you’ve outgrown them and then you grow up a little more and realize you were totally wrong. Remember the excitement of waking up and realizing that you had an allotted three hours to sit in front of the TV and absorb that technicolor goodness over a giant bowl of Captain Crunch? Let nostalgia hit you in 10-foot swells.
2. Go to the farmer’s market
Check out your community farmer’s market and support local produce from your area. Farmer’s markets offer much more than the unripe tomatoes you find at the grocery store. Some have coffee carts, crepe booths, meat, fish, honey, flowers, fruits, veggies, and spices. You could get everything you need to have your friends over for a fresh, homemade dinner, or better yet, treat yourself to a picnic.
3. Picnic breakfast
Now that you’ve picked up an iced coffee, a whole wheat baguette, and some still-warm-from-the-sun fruits and veggies, grab a blanket or a towel, and some sunglasses. Head to the park with your iPod and enjoy your pesticide-free breakfast, leaving the guilt about munching on that fresh-baked baguette at home.
4. Sleep in
Guess what? Today you can lounge in bed and hit the snooze button five times without waking up in a panic. In fact, you can even forget the alarm all together. Sleep in. Let the sun wake you up, or maybe your cat who’s ready for a full-on snuggle session after spending the weekdays waiting for you to come home and scratch that spot behind his ear that turns on his little motorboat purr. It’s your prerogative, so enjoy it.
How often do you take the time to read? To sit, without your iPhone running Facebook and actually absorbing something, be it the book that’s been sitting at the top of your to-read list collecting a quarter-inch of dust or conquer that growing stack of magazines on your entry way table. Maybe, just maybe, a copy of The New York Times will do you some good and get you caught up with what’s been going on in the rest of the world while you’ve been stranded behind the gray three-by-five walls of your cubicle.
Whatever you decide to do, it’s not a waste. Saturdays are to be enjoyed the way you see fit.