Living for the Weekends: Healthy or Not?

Nine to Five, Monday through Friday. The images of the majority of the week being sucked away. But oh when five o’clock hits on Friday you can’t help but be excited. Two whole days where you don’t have to work. But is this mentality healthy? If we are only living for the weekend we are letting 5/7 of our life slip away unwarranted. Is that really living?

A Dr. Seuss book comes to mind. Oh the Places You’ll Go!  is all about living your dreams (and failing a time or two). There is one passage that goes like this –

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting…

… Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

 

Every time I read this to my children I think about a life wasted on waiting. The character in the book finds his way out of the waiting place, but do we? How can we get out of the slump of waiting until Friday for our lives to begin?

There is a value in a life lived even when it’s hard. So you hate your job, but you need your job. Does that mean you stop living? It shouldn’t.

My parents always taught me that my attitude was what I made it. Did you know that if you smile, you will feel happy? Strangely enough but smiling, whether you feel like it or not, will attribute to a positive attitude. Just moving your mouth into a happy position will make you feel happy. Go ahead, try it.

Once you have that smile on your face, smile at other people. Smiles are contagious. If you’re smiling at someone, chances are, they will smile back.

So you hate your job, but you love life. That is difference between surviving and really living.

Now, when you get home don’t waste your time sitting in front of the T.V. and feeling depressed. Do something that makes you happy. I mean, go out and do it. Go out for a walk. Read or Write. Craft. Do something, anything more than just wasting your life away.

It’s hard at first, but with persistence you’ll find you actually enjoying going home at the end of the day because you have something to look forward to.

Before long people are going to start asking what makes you so happy. Then you’ll say “I stopped waiting for life to happen to me and I started living”. The other person will nod, because it makes sense. There is no reason to wait until Friday. Start living your life and being happier now.

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