We Don’t All Have to Live for the Weekend

Let’s start saying thanks for Monday.

At some point in time, it became normal to resent Monday and I can’t help but feel how not normal this is.

Monday is still a day above ground, and I feel if you’ve made it to Monday, that’s something to rejoice, not to lament.

The bigger picture here is why we find ourselves dreading the “Monday Blues”. We don’t like what we have to do come Monday, we don’t like where we have to go on Monday, and we don’t like who we have to become when our alarm clock rings Monday morning. And this, this is wrong.

I’m sitting here now, in a yoga ashram in Rishikesh, India, with my eyes welling up with tears. I’m not crying because it’s Monday, I’m crying with joy because I am living the life I desire, fulfilling promises I made to myself, and making my heart sing. These tears were prompted because to write this post, I wanted to gain inspiration from an audio clip by the philosopher Alan Watts titled, “What Do You Desire?”. This is a clip I listened to nearly four years ago and it forever changed the way I think. Reminiscing on that moment, and now realizing how much these words have affected my life’s path in the best way possible, warms my heart. And here come the happy tears.

In the audio clip, Watts discusses the problem with pursuing a life you don’t necessarily want because you feel it will earn you money to live. To this he says,

“If you say getting the money is the most important thing then you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing.”

Please, listen to the audio clip here, and then really think about why you are dreading a new day lived on this big, beautiful earth instead of rejoicing in the life you have now. Let’s change that.

“Only this actual moment is life” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Originally published at medium.com

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