Growing up, I had a poster with a message similar to the one in the image – allergic to Monday! How did Monday get such a bad rap?
State the Obvious
Obviously as a kid, this came from the school week starting on Monday. But I mostly liked school. I was pretty smart so other than getting teased a lot (!!!) for being overweight, it wasn’t horrible.
To go back further, it must have been an absorbed attitude from my parents. My dad actually worked 7 days a week for many of my growing up years so I’m not sure if the weekend was much different for him except that he had two, er, assistants (or indentured servants, however one chooses to look at it) to help with all his projects. And honestly, I suspect we were less help than we thought we were.
My mother was a stay at home mom, so a good guess might be that she looked forward to Monday to get us out of the house!
As an adult, Monday obviously meant back to the job which sometimes I liked, sometimes not. From the adult perspective, not looking forward to Monday makes more sense.
And now? Well, I work for myself. Monday isn’t much different than any other day. So why do I still dread Mondays? Leftover animosity?
Getting Monday’s Reputation Back
What do you think would happen if we all started looking forward to Monday? Maybe get up in the morning and say to ourselves in the mirror “Wow, another Monday! Another great week ahead!”
Yea, I know. It’s a stretch. Just hang in there for a second.
I’m alluding to the theory that Monday being a horrible day might just be a self fulfilling prophecy. We expect Monday to suck, so we look at everything that day with our “Monday – Blech!” lenses on. And voilà! Monday sucks!
Mind you, I’m not a person that’s really into all this affirmation, positive attitude stuff for the most part. But this one occurred to me today.
In reality, there’s really no reason Monday HAS to be worse than any other day. If you’re really honest, you can probably think of a few Mondays that were completely awesome.
Here’s to wishing you an awesome Monday!