On Saturday night I was caught up in a “summer convo,” where everyone around me were already planning upcoming weekend trips to the cottage. I don’t have a cottage but like every working gal, I get it. When the double digits hit, daydreaming about new adventures is top of mind and so much easier to achieve. Cottaging is a great way to escape! That is, if you’re looking to escape something.
But back to the story, just like most weekends, I found myself standing next to a disgruntled friend who said, “ugh, but I can’t believe we’re just another day away from Monday.” “What’s wrong with Monday,” I asked. On and one she went about a hectic week ahead with it all kicking off on the first day of the week. It dawned on me that most people choose not to live in the moment. I say choose because it really is a decision to think ahead, and to stress about something that has nothing to do with what’s presently happening. I mean, I don’t blame anyone for doing this, I’ve done it! But it’s funny that our collective experiences and structured lives have created a subconscious framework of life, which usually begins on a Monday. Poor Monday! If there’s one thing working for myself has taught me is that frameworks can be redefined by our choosing, and so can our paradigms.
We have given Monday a super shitty rep and have decided that it’s the worst day of the week. It’s the day that most of us have attached a negative connotation to: work, early mornings, four servings of double espressos (which ain’t that bad depending on who you ask), meal prep, and the shitty commutes. And because of this, if we do have a crappy start to the week, we pat ourselves on the back for expecting it. If we don’t, it’s a total shock and we pat ourselves on the back for conquering it.
What if we were to look at Monday in a completely light? What if we were to look at Monday as the gateway to be a productive week? What if we looked at Monday as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh? A day where we can begin again and do something we’ve been putting off, meet up with a friend we haven’t seen in a long time, or set out on an adventure we’ve been thinking of but haven’t because we’ve been stuck in our heads? What if we looked at Monday as the start of something new?
People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness, but what if we stopped waiting (no one likes to wait!) and chose today to live our happiness? I think we’d set a better tone for the rest of the days, don’t you think?