What is your favorite day of the week? Do you even have one? Is it possible to like a particular day of the week? To prefer one over the other? Are some days of the week better than the other? You could say that yes, definitely, some could prefer Sundays to a Monday, Saturdays to Thursdays, because the weekend is where you have time for yourself, whereas during the week you are working. But you can, and really should have fun working and you could not enjoy your ‘alone time’. But then again it’s the mindset that convinces you that weekends are better than weekdays and some days are better than others.
Similarly, a day I really like is Wednesday. The working week can be a tiring affair. Before the end of Monday itself, people tend to begin counting down the number of days till the weekend. On Mondays and Tuesdays those two days off seem so far, and on Thursdays and Fridays though the anticipation is high, the work load begins taking its toll and while cramming to finish the weeks task, you tend to be too groggy to be able to enjoy dreaming of the weekend.
Wednesday possesses the perfect balance, its bang in the middle of the weekdays. You are still fresh enough from the weekend that has passed, and are not tired enough of the weekdays. You still anticipate the weekend and it isn’t too far off. You feel that half the week is over and the weekend is near, but at the same time there are still days to look forward to.
On a deeper, more philosophical level it represents midlife- a period of content and new goals. Where you can look back at your life asses it, and at the same time have more to look forward too. Also based on your assessment you could also do things differently. You can set new goals and try new things.
Also the name Wednesday has a rather nice ring to it. Named after Woden, the most important God in the pantheon, it is also associated with the Roman God Mercury, that is why in French it has the name Mercredi, and in Spanish, Miercoles.
Wednesday is often referred to as hump day, the term was not originally intended to carry a second, more risqué meaning, and means that since Wednesday is in the middle of the weed days, once you’re on the hump, it’s all downhill from there. This is in the sense that you’ve made it through half the week alive, so you probably can make it to the weedkend.
At a White House correspondents Dinner, in 2006, Stephen Colbert revealed that the Greeks called Wednesday Wed-less-day because they were all gay and couldn’t marry, America fixed the pronunciation and spelling, but kept the ‘no gay marrying policy’, until recently that is.
In German Wednesday, Mittwoch, is the only day of the week that does not end in ‘tag’, meaning day. I feel that makes Wednesday so much more special, because it makes Wednesday not just a day, and shows that it is different from the rest. Just as we are all human we’re all different. How many other days can you relate to like that?
It’s fascinating how much meaning and insight you can draw from a simple day. And isn’t that all the more reason to love Wednesday? That unintentionally it has provided us with so many thought provoking notions and deliberations.
Wednesday also has a lot of strange statistics linked to it. According to the research conducted by a tanning company, women look the oldest at three thirty pm on Wednesdays! And a survey held in the United States of America showed that bosses are most receptive to requests on a Wednesday. And believe me, I tried. My parents seem to be extremely generous with permissions on Wednesdays.
A lot of famous people were also born on Wednesday. To name a few, Christian Bale, Jim Carrey, Jackie Chan, Simon Cowell, Rupert Grint, Jennifer Lawrence, Will Smith, Stephen Spielberg and many others. Also, one of the most popular celebrity couples, ‘Brangelina’ (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) were both born on Wednesday. Even Jesus is rumored to have been born on a Wednesday according to some Christian sources.
Clearly people born on a Wednesday are remarkable and destined for greatness. Is it a coincidence that I too happen to be born on a Wednesday? I think not.
Clearly there is a lot more to Wednesday then what meets the eye. It’s a day I feel I can relate to most. Wednesday has so much uniqueness linked to it, and just like me, it signifies scope for improvement, has a lot of craziness associated with it and is so different to other days. I like Wednesday because if you look past the fact that it is just a day, you can reveal so much more. It’s a day that fits so perfectly into the human understanding, because just like Wednesday isn’t just another day, we too are not just human. We have so many differences that make us all unique and special in our own way.