The Story of Monday Morning
Thursday afternoon and you’re already getting ready for an action packed weekend of fun, which begins Friday evening at 6pm. All you can think about is what outfit you’re going to wear, what activities you’ll do the following day and how much you’ll enjoy having a lazy day come Sunday. Once you get to Saturday night, you begin to notice the dark cloud of Monday morning looming over the horizon.
Whatever you do there’s no escaping getting up and heading to your humdrum job pretending to give a fuck when your ‘giving a fuck’ supplies have long since depleted. You can call in sick but you’ll just face the music on Tuesday, there literally is no escape. You’re in too deep because you’ve got all those bills to pay, those fancy things to buy and you’re too scared to quit your job because that would mean the end of those frivolous shopping trips, the Starbucks breakfasts, the M&S lunches, Nando’s with friends and Über rides back home when you really should be utilising your Oyster card.
You go to bed on Sunday night knowing full well that it will take an act of God to get you out of bed on the first alarm, so you set three for good measure. The alarms ping, you snooze and the battle continues for what seems like forever as the iPhone alarm has become a formidable and relentless adversary since the iOS8 update. You climb out of bed and think to yourself “whyyyyyyyyy?”, drag yourself to the bathroom, brush your teeth whilst staring into your mirror as if it were the abyss remixing Keenan & Kel in your head:
Keenan: Who likes monday’s
Kel: I don’t like Monday’s
Keenan: Is it truuuuuuu?
Kel: Uh hmmmm… I dooon I doooon I doo-ooon’t!
So yea, I like everyone else woke up this morning thinking ‘what the actual fuck?’, why do I have to wake up and go to work on such a beautiful day. I felt like sending a group text entitled ‘Margate or Brighton?, Car, Coach or Train?’ but then I imagined everyone’s reaction.
You’re nuts fam, it’s Monday, ain’t you gotta go work?
This weekend especially I’ve had conversations with several people who dislike their ‘job’ and in turn are afraid of Monday mornings. In one discussion someone even said that they feel anxious come Monday morning as they can no longer face their dreadful working environment or working week. It made me reflect, not only on my circumstance but on life.
Who said that we should be born to work 40hrs a week doing something we dislike just to survive, maybe we should spend time pursuing our passions rather than become trapped in a cycle of loathing and displeasure.
Sure we can all flip the language and be like a motivational meme and say shit like “Monday’s are a new opportunity to make a change” but fuck that, a lot of people feel that way everyday so rather than curse out Monday, make a change. Forget about the habits you’ve acquired and strive for happiness and fulfilment. My Monday didn’t get off to the most optimistic start but I figured that Monday wasn’t the problem, I was.
Get up, get out and do something your future self will thank you for!
In the midst of my metamorphosis from Monday morning sluggery to one of optimism, I came across this video from a plant based lifestyle blogger and advocate for good vibes and positivity, Jez Kaur aka Hipster Veggie. Jez has transformed her lifestyle and documented it on her blog, Hipster Veggie, where she strives to inspire others to follow her lead in a non patronising and preachy way. She has also been added to the Pick Me Up Inc team so watch this video and dispel your Monday blues with a ‘pick me up’…
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Disclaimer: This is based on the assumption of a collective myth of Monday Morning Blues, it is in no way directly reflective of how I actually feel. I also wrote this on my lunch break whilst at home.