Like the seasons, or your bi-annual vacation.
We all know things get boring pretty quickly if you’re stuck in the same routine over and over again. Get up, go to school/work, come home, bum around, go to bed. And then that repeats itself. Sure you’re doing a bunch of different things in a single day, but the cycle is so small, so short, that it comes off as really monotonous. But if we scale that up a bit. Well, a bit… We want to go bigger than your monthly paycheck. How about the seasons? Yeah, a year-sized cycle, that sounds good.
In the winter you’re super cozy, get to sit by the fireplace sipping hot coco and admire the pretty pictures the white cover over the landscape makes for. But then you actually have to go outside. It’s freezing and public transport is not so much transporting the public as it is slowing it down. You start yearning for those warmer times, and luckily the weather’s getting better. Summer comes. School’s over and you get to spend time with friends, chilling on the beach and going places because the weather permits it. But then it starts getting a little too hot. You can’t do anything without sweating buckets, and productivity falls to an all-time low. You start getting a bit nostalgic about those snowball fights, or even just the leisurely strolls through autumn forests. And luckily, the weather’s cooling down.
Recognize this? (Yeah you better, or else this post is probably going to miss its mark.) I think it indicates that seasons (actually any yearly cycle, really) is spaced just right. You get used to it, enjoy it, but once you start wanting something different the cycle moves on.
I don’t think doing something different each weekend is as “just right” as this, mostly because of the tighter cycle. Yes, you get something to look forward to each week, but eventually that gets old, too. Only two years until you’ve had a hundred of those cycles. With seasons, most people don’t even get to see it that frequently!
Let me know if that made sense, and if you recognize what I’m talking about.