Let me ask you something… do you live for the weekend? Because I know a lot of people who unashamedly do.
People who are my age, slightly older, middle-aged… it’s something I see a lot, and something I see further instilled in workplaces. Casual Friday, early finishes and fast-food lunches all seem to fall on that particular day.
But I can’t help but wonder, is this culture of the “Friday feeling” sending out the wrong messages to both existing employees and even worse, the workforce of the future? Find a job you tolerate and look forward to just two days off out of seven?
#MondayMotivation doesn’t trend globally every week for no reason. #TGIF and “Sunday blues” are just as much of a “thing”. But dare I tread controversial water here by saying, who wants to live a life where their main source of excitement is the weekend? I certainly don’t want to live that way.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the weekends, but I also love going out for mid-week meals with my friends. I love coffees and catch-ups after work, evening gym sessions and phonecalls with my family who I haven’t seen in a while. Hell, I love taking my £1 chicken mayo sandwich from Boots out for a wander in the park during my lunch break. It’s all about the little things- and fundamentally, I also happen to enjoy what I do.
Now the route to job satisfaction is rarely a short, nor an easy one especially in the beginning of your career. In the dating world, there’s the saying that you have to kiss a few frogs to find a price. And really, it’s the same in the working world (although you’re probably best to stay away from actually kissing anyone. Especially Marvin from IT).
But that journey to the right role is so worth it. To feel valued, respected and most importantly, good at what you do should be one of life’s greatest aims and treasures.
Now this post isn’t intended to brag or upset. On the contrary, it’s to promote a mindset of all-round life enthusiasm. If you’re unhappy or indifferent in what you do, change it!
Now I know that life isn’t perfect and that some jobs are a means to an end- but if you’re stuck in limbo and you’ve been there for a while, there’s a change to be had and it’s up to you to make it.
There’s so much more to life than waiting for the weekend to partake in expensive forms of escapism (drinking, etc) before dragging yourself back into work come Monday morning.
I saw possibly THE WORLD’S most depressing Facebook post the other day from a girl who I know every weekend does just that.
It said “Normal is getting dressed in clothes you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car you are still paying for- in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” – Ellen Goodman
Believe me when I say that life DOESN’T have to be that way, and Ellen Goodman needs to have a serious word with herself.
I guess what I’m trying to say is create a life for yourself where you live for each and every day… not just the weekend.
Until next time,