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Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of quotes and posts on social media about the “Monday blues” and it’s something I would like to address.
When I was at the low point of searching for my life’s purpose (career changing, soul searching, etc.) I saw a quote that completely changed my perspective:
“You don’t hate Mondays, you hate your job”
WOAH! I read that, immediately started crying and then called my boss to tell her I wasn’t coming into work today, or ever again. It sounds extreme, but it was after I read that quote when I realized It’s not about what day of the week it is, It’s about what I’m doing with my days.
I would wake up every Monday and will myself to get out of bed because the literal last thing I wanted to do was go to work. Once I shifted my perspective and realized that I didn’t have to dread every Monday, is honestly when my life changed.
Bottom line, if you’re waking up on Monday dreading to go to work or start your day, you need to change what you’re doing on Monday and every other day.
We choose what we eat, drink, wear, who we hang out with. We choose our careers, our life purpose and if you’re waking up on Monday not excited to get your day started, you’re doing life wrong.
Living for the weekends isn’t a way to live. Living for summer, the workday to end, a new year to start or retirement, is not a way to live. That’s called living in fear of what’s on the other side of your comfort zone.
I get it, your job pays good, you get decent vacation time and you like your coworkers, but let me ask you this: are you leaving everyday excited to go back tomorrow? Is your soul happy?
Don’t let the way society paints a picture of the way life “should” be, effect how you live yours.
Yes, stability is nice, yes having a 401k is nice and yes, having snacks in the office fridge is nice too. But you know what else is nice? Happiness.
I’m not saying that every 9-5er is miserable, because they’re not. What I’m saying is, if you don’t love what you do, like ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVE, you’re wasting your time. Your precious, precious time on this earth to make the impact you’re meant to make.
Last year I was in search for my purpose. I googled, I meditated, I cried and cried and cried and dreaded getting, not just Monday’s but any day, started.
When searching for what set my soul on fire, I confided in my mom that I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life and that I felt I’d never find a job that I loved.
Here’s what she said: “No one loves their job Olivia, it’s just how it is”.
WHAT! I was in awe and vowed that I wouldn’t be one of those people. I realized, however, after being more aware of this, “state of mind” we’ll call it, there are a lot of people who feel this way too.
Who feel stuck because they should be lucky to have such a good job or just think that this is how the rest of their life will be until they’re able to retire.
Here’s what I have to say to that: “UMMM HELL NO!”
The average person lives to be about 79 years old. It takes us until we’re about 20 to be actual people that contribute to society, so now we’re down to actually “living” for 59 years. The average person spends 26 years (YEP!) sleeping, so that takes down to 33 years of living and now subtract the average of 10 years a person spends actually in their office. Now we’re at about 23 years on average that you actually get to do the things you love, without accounting for eating, driving, watching TV and cleaning the house. After all of these “menial people tasks” we’re at about 10 years. 10 YEARS OUT OF 79 that we actually get to do the things we enjoy doing. (Math was not my best subject in school & I’m totally guestimating, but I’m pretty sure I’m close).
It’s okay to change your mind, to work for 10 years and change course, or to have an epiphany and say “F this, I’m over it” and move on. I just want you to know that you have the ability to CHOOSE how you live your life and you should absolutely 10000000% love waking up on Monday. Every single Monday.
So think about it, considering that you are lucky enough to live until 79 or longer, what would you do with those 10 years?
Typically I write how to’s and action items on how to go about with the information I’m giving you, but today I’m giving you the choice. Do what you want to do. You are worthy, you are open, you are CAPABLE of living the life you dream of.
If you have any questions, please reach out! I’d love to help you find your path.
I’m rooting for you!
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August 20, 2018