I’ll just say it: this interview makes me sound way more official and put together than I really am. I’m glad I did the interview a few weeks before I turned thirty, though, because I did not want to be described as “a 30-year-old writer for millennial humor site Post Grad Problems.”
You can read the interview in its entirety over at Metro, but for those too lazy to click, my part went as follows.
Will deFries, a 29-year-old writer for millennial humor site Post Grad Problems, says he suffers from the Scaries “without fail, every single Sunday. It’s an inevitable thing, like your alarm going off: it’s Sunday, here they are!”
In 2012, on a lark and in need of a creative outlet outside of work, he created a website and a brand called the Sunday Scaries, designing comfy, long-sleeved t-shirts that say “Sunday Scaries” and “Ride the Wave.”
His philosophy serviced an online community for the anxious. “If we’re all scared collectively, we’re less scared individually,” DeFries says, quoting a former Sunday Scaries contributor.
And there is no shortage of Scaries victims in need of some kind of community. On Twitter, where deFries operates the handle @SundayScaries, he serves as a sort of de facto therapist, receiving countless DM’s and tweets from sufferers every seventh day of the week.
Does creating a sort-of meme out of the Scaries help lessen their impact, we wondered? Not exactly. “Now [the Scaries] are always on my mind, it’s impossible not to get them,” he says. But there is a silver lining: “The more I get them, the more self-aware of them I am, and the more tolerable they become.”
He does have some fun with the concept, finding levity in a weekly series called “The Panic Room”: Every Sunday, deFries puts out a call for folks to tweet photos of their Sunday panic room scenarios — with details of how they set up their living room or bedroom to fortify themselves against the onset of end-of-the-weekend anxiety — and then he rates them out of ten.
Get in my mentions on the Sunday Scaries account tonight, fam. Panic Room rankings will be in full effect, and I need to see photos of your Panic Rooms. Because like I said (or like Old Man Body said, I guess) – “If we’re all scared collectively, we’re less scared individually.” .