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I secretly enjoy the frazzled aftermath of a big night out | Coco Khan

I secretly enjoy the frazzled aftermath of a big night out | Coco Khan

7/23/2021 4:30:00 PM

I secretly enjoy the frazzled aftermath of a big night out | Coco Khan

When I’m hungover, I’m so busy finding everything hilarious that worries about chores go out the window

Every now and again a line from a movie leaps out of the screen and plants itself so firmly in my mind, it could have a tenancy agreement. It happened this week, during my favourite hangover pastime (pizza and Bruce Willis movies).The film: Die Hard With A Vengeance. Willis’s Detective John McClane, shirtless and bleary-eyed, is woken by the police with the news that he (and only he) must save New York. McClane replies that the inspector has ruined “a perfectly good hangover”.

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“E tu, Brute? Sorry, Brucé?” I say to myself. Because I thought I was the only one who secretly enjoyed the frazzled aftermath of a big night out, who sees their limp hours in bed as more luxuriate than languish, more wallow than wither. I’m sure it’s chemical – a temporary mental regression that means I cannot overthink about what run, chore or other self-betterment I should be doing because I am too busy finding everything hilarious and telling my cat I am lucky to know her.

Read moreOf course, this only applies to hangovers on days off. There is no romanticising the paranoid office afternoons catastrophising about whether the higher-ups have noticed, or fighting nausea through a family commitment because the guilt of cancelling would turn my stomach even more. headtopics.com

I am sure that the re-emergence has something to do with it; that as we blink back into the outside world, as productivity propaganda works to cram our diaries full and Fomo declares, “I’m back, baby!” I can’t help but appreciate days spent eschewing it all.

Of course, a truly winning life lesson would be figuring out how to achieve such self-kindness without lightly poisoning yourself beforehand. I’m still working on that. But in the meantime I shan’t let pressure to do, do and do ruin a perfectly good hangover.

Read more: Guardian Weekend »

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