It’s Monday, which means that most of the world is experiencing the Monday blues (except for me today, because for the first time ever in our lives my husband has a bank holiday that means he doesn’t have to go to the office and BOTH of our kids have school and that equates to six solid hours of DATE DAY!). Instead of concentrating on how annoying life is on Mondays or how much you wish you had a different life/job/career/whatever, let’s focus on embracing our lives and learn to love it.
The Grass is Not Always Greener
I remember one time a friend said to me, “I wish I didn’t have to get up and go to work on Monday mornings and could just stay home, sleep in and lounge around like you.” Um…well, so do I! Monday mornings, despite the apparent belief that the grass is always greener, are not necessarily amazing for those of us who stay home with our kids (or work from home, like myself). My Monday mornings look like this: 6 am wakeup, drinking coffee while filling sippy cups, fetching blankets and changing television channels, reading stories and breaking up arguments over who gets to sit on Mommy’s left side.
Then I have to straighten my hair and get myself dressed and presentable, get two kids ready for school (including adding the cold stuff to lunches) loading the car, fighting two kids who hate their hair being brushed, two kids who think brushing their teeth should take 3.4 seconds, making breakfast, cleaning up breakfast, making beds, breaking up fights, changing clothes because now they all have applesauce or coffee or little syrup fingers on them….well, you get the point. That’s all in two hours and we are always, always, always pushing it to make it out the door without having a breakdown.
I sometimes think longingly about the days I got to drink my coffee in peace, get ready without stopping every 3 seconds to do something for a child and when my house is just as clean when I leave as when I woke up. But…the grass is never greener on the other side my friends, no matter which side you’re on.
Your Attitude Defines the Day
Instead of dreading Monday, embrace it. It might not be your favorite day of the week, but that does not automatically make it a bad one. Your attitude makes it a bad one. If you wake up thinking that Monday is going to be awesome, then Monday will be awesome.
Monday Always Comes Back
Since we’re learning to embrace the start of the week, let’s put it into perspective; yes, there are four more days until Friday. No, Mondays are never the most fun day of the week. But guess what: Monday will be back next week. That means we need to stop dreading it and start embracing it. No sense in dreading something that will happen repeatedly.