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May 11, 2018
For this week’s #BORNATDAWNLIFE we are exploring the modern issue of ‘flakiness’ (cancelling at the last minute in favour of a night in) and whether it’s justifiable in our over-scheduled lives or making us lonely and a bad friend. We’re inspired by Caroline O’Donoghue’s recent piece for Grazia.
Flakiness has been given a 2018 reboot with serial-cancellers openly labelling their actions as ‘self-care’. Caroline shares her frustration at being both the flake (the night you desperately wanted soon descends into a Netflix slump, Instagram faff and ‘numbing inertia’ rather than relaxation) and the flakee, especially when the catch up is badly needed.
As 21st century women we’re fed mixed messages; an expectation to keep committed friendships while simultaneously finding inner solace. Life is too tiring, sad or worrying at times and poor health can force us to retreat and genuinely need to reschedule. Yet, Caroline argues using self-care to gently let friends down may form a cycle of loneliness that becomes hard to break.
Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes debated ‘for’ and ‘against’ flaking for Red last year and offered some fascinating views:
What do you think? Is flaking inexcusable and hurtful? Or simply attributed to our busy lives and therefore acceptable every now and then? We’d love to know your thoughts…
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