Friday, 25 October 2013

Alternative Sundays - Will you take the challenge?

After a childhood of Sundays spent at church then having a huge roast dinner followed by playing out or an MGM matinee, I decided to spend them differently during my late teens and early twenties.

It began one rainy Sunday morning when my friend and I were bored to tears with routines and I opened a newspaper. There was a Psychic Fayre advertised and so we decided to go as it wasn't far and it was something to do to kill time. I then spent the afternoon in a state of surprise, amusement, intrigue and there was a bar, which helped proceedings enormously.

After that, I scoured the papers each week and we found that there was always something to attend on a Sunday afternoon. The UFO abductees support group (we said we were interested in what they had to say and it was an eye-opener plus there was a bar open); making an alternative Sunday dinner in a hari krishna kitchen; learning Buddhist meditation; singing with gospel choir; sitting in a spiritualist church while someone spoke with the dead - all alternative ways of spending a day of worship. We became almost addicted to seeing what we could be part of next and met some weird but wonderful people.

Nowadays, Sundays are about ironing, catching up on housework or if I'm lucky, visiting a garden centre or mill outlet and of course, that huge roast dinner. I realised last weekend that I'd forgotten about all the wonderful things I used to do and also how to be spontaneous.

So, my challenge this week is to find something 'different' to do and take myself out of my comfort zone. It is a challenge I'll also throw open to you.

What do you usually do on a Sunday and do you fancy going on an adventure into somebody idea of Sunday? Just open a newspaper and find something, anything, even if it is something you would never consider in a thousand years. Let me know what you get up to and if you meet any interesting people.
Alternative Sundays