Hello, dear readers and happy Monday! I know I know, Mondays aren’t happy. Mondays are for being tired, and grouchy, and remembering all the things you don’t like about your life. Mondays are for wanting nothing more than to crawl back into bed and escaping the world.
But, let’s try something different. 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 again, and this time, we might even get it right.
From now on Monday’s are for making the changes we want to see in ourselves, and for thinking about the changes we want to see in the world. Monday’s are our new favorite days!
As for me, this Monday is a nonstarter. I’m still very sick so instead of bringing my awful cough and negative attitude into work I’ve decided to stay home. I’ve been in bed all day, getting up only to take meds and to eat. I imagine the entire day will be like that, and the highlight will be when I gather enough energy to take a shower. Tomorrow I have to go back to work, but I’m really hoping I feel better by then.
Being sick means I haven’t been able to do everything I would normally do. It means I feel like I’m falling behind. It means I am thinking about all the ways I have ever fallen behind, didn’t do what I meant to do, or failed entirely. It means I am feeling sorry for myself and imagining that I will never get where I want to go.
I’m just tired, and not feeling well. I’ve been cooped up in the house, and feeling like a burden for a few days, and it’s depressing me.
It’s amazing how quickly my morale can plummet when faced with a setback as simple as the common cold.
I’m fragile. We are all fragile. Physically and emotionally. I’ve been put down by a virus, this time, but sometimes I’m put down by other people’s words, by anxiety, by my past, by fear, by frustration, even by the emotions and hardships of other people. It’s too easy to start thinking about all the ways things that are going wrong and to imagine that they will never go right gain. How the human species has made it as far as we have a tendency to be so negative, I will never understand.
Except that, obviously, things always get better. We always survive, we always win in some way in the end. We will always get better, we will always land on our feet, and we will always be okay. That “okay” might not look as good as we’d hoped but it’s never as bad as we fear.
This week, just try to remember that you will get through this. Remember that it’s not as bad as you think, that the world will keep turning, you will keep going, and good things always follow bad.
I’ll get better, and I’ll get back to it. You’ll feel better too and you’ll keep marching toward your dreams and goals.
We will be okay.
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