You know what I love about Friday? I love that even when it’s a chilly, gloomy, misty morning, it’s still Friday. It’s still the day that indicates a long week is coming to an end, and soon I’ll get to spend the next couple of days relaxing, writing, and convincing John that we should deep-fry something. It’s the day before Saturday, which is the purest, most wonderful day of the week of sleeping in and staying up late. Friday is the day I get to wear jeans to work. And the day I most look forward to.
But that’s what I also don’t like about Friday– the fact that so many of us are living for the weekend, and that, too often, we treat every other weekday as merely something to get over with. This is the standard schedule of living we’ve set up for ourselves. And, as a result, “T.G.I.F.” is a classic example of things-you-say-to-people-on-the-elevator. Which, you know, gets old.
I’m oversimplifying a little bit. Because it’s not to say there aren’t plenty of moments to be enjoyed between Sunday evening and Friday morning– you know, the majority of the week. For me, there are the family dinners, the time I spend reading books before bed, and the much-needed trips to the gym. (Bonus happy points if I get in a run at the bike trail instead!) I realize how lucky I am to have this time to myself. I can’t imagine working six or seven days a week– I wasn’t built with that kind of stamina.
Much like I don’t want to live in anticipation for the weekend, I also don’t want to spend the next year waiting in anticipation for the bigger things I have planned. (That’s vague for a reason. I’m figuring “things” out.) I feel like that’s part of my problem lately: Life is feeling a little bit like a countdown to greatness, while the potential greatness of now is being sacrificed. Not good.
What can I– or anyone else feeling the same way– do about that? Something that struck me recently was one of Rachel’s 2013 goals of finding more reasons to be grateful. Maybe that’s the other part of my problem. I’m not grateful enough for what I have now, in the moment. People love to tell you to live in the moment! Live in the now! Cherish every second! But let’s think about how hard that really is for a second. It’s a nice idea and all, but it’s something that loses its meaning when people quote it without acting upon it. It’s a true challenge to be happy and engaged when we’re simply going about our daily routine. Yet, think about how much better off those people who rise to the challenge are.
I’m fully aware I won’t always have this much time to myself to accomplish some of the personal goals I have. (To the parents out there, I’d like to give you a special shout-out. Also, how do you do it?) In just a couple of months, the job I’ve had for well over a year will finally be going full-time. I am grateful for the additional income it will bring me. I am grateful to even have a job at all. I am also nervous about how that major change will affect me on a more personal level.
But if I can find more reasons to enjoy Monday morning as much as I do Friday, and if I can remind myself to be grateful, I’ll be happier for it.