Hello dear readers and happy Monday! I know I know, Mondays aren’t supposed to be happy days, but let’s imagine for a moment that they are. Let’s imagine that Mondays are the days when we get to start all over again. Let’s imagine all the bad things that happened last week don’t matter anymore and that we’ve been given a second chance to do it all right again. If that were the case wouldn’t you be a bit more excited about Mondays?
Yes, you would, so let’s make that dream a reality. Treat this Monday as your big chance to get out there and get shit done!
For me, this Monday has been a rough one. Not because anything bad has happened, it’s just that I know I am going to be busy, plus it is that time of year again when we all bid for our hours and schools we’ll be working for the school year. We bid based on seniority, and while mine is high, it isn’t high enough that I don’t have to worry at all. Someone may take the hours I want or the schools I’d like to work with. I could be stuck with a schedule I will hate for the next ten months.
I’m doing my best not to worry until I know for sure what will happen.
“There’s no point in saying anything but the truth.”
It is always easiest for humans to lie to themselves first, then the lies we tell the world don’t feel much like lies anymore. We do it our whole lives; we are built to do it. We want to fit in, we want to be accepted, we want to be loved, and so we lie.
We don’t mean to cause harm. We aren’t acting from a malicious intent. We are only caught between our need for companionship and the security of belonging to a social circle. If we reveal our truth, we may be rejected, and if we keep ourselves hidden we will never be accepted for who we truly are.
This week, I’d like for us all to be ourselves. Let the people you love and who love you too see the parts of yourself you have been too afraid to show them. Let light into the corners of yourself that have been shrouded in the dark for as long as you can remember. It may be scary to let the chips fall where they may, but I can tell you, with near certainty, that everything is going to be ok.
We each have only one little life to live, and when you step back and look at the bigger picture, it seems so trivial to pretend to be someone else your whole life. It seems stupid to work so hard to fit in while your spirit rots from want of freedom and light. It seems pointless to say or do anything that doesn’t align with the kind of person you are or want to be. It seems pointless to speak anything but the truth.
It may be hard to know your truth so if you need to take the week to start getting to know yourself first then do that instead. Learn who you are, what you are about, and stick to it. Never let yourself speak anything but the truth because life is too short to be spent lying and hiding.
Let go of your fear and let yourself be free.
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