A Monday Pep Talk

I turned on my MP3 player this morning and set it to random. The first song it picked, Thank God it’s Monday, by NOFX. I’m not a big believer in fate unless it has positive connotations. It’s just another way to keep me smiling when most people aren’t. Therefore, today is going to be a good one. Please, don’t shit on my parade.

If you hate Mondays, you hate 1/7th of every week of your life. That’s over 14% of your working life that you’re going to hate just because you’ve made up your mind that Mondays suck. Why not make Mondays not suck?

Today I’d like you to step back and enjoy what you have in life. Forget the crappiness that can hover over your head like a storm cloud (especially on Mondays) and focus on those special people, moments, and passions in your life that make you happy. There’s a good chance we’re not going to get everything we want in life, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate those things which we’ve already checked off on our life’s to-do list.

For those with a focus on financial success, remember people who already have financial success are not problem free. Mo’ money, mo’ problems. Career success is not found in a large salary, it’s found in doing something you truly love. If you can find financial success doing what you love, keep on truckin’.

For those looking for the right partner, keep at it. For everyone you see who is with the right person, there are twice as many with the wrong. Embrace your independence, stay confident and you’ll meet the Ms. or Mr. right.

Take chances. I’m begging you to try new things. Life can be really vanilla if you don’t open yourself up to new experiences. Travel, try new foods, meet new people, and soak up the experience along the way. So many of you have made your minds up on things you haven’t tried. When faced with a new experience, ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” and, “What’s the best thing that can happen?” Maximize the potential for greatness rather than ensuring the mediocrity of the familiar. I know there’s free salad and bread, but try eating somewhere else besides East Side Mario’s.

Do what you love, if possible as a career, if not, as a hobby, and you’ll find life much more enjoyable. If you love to make art, paint. If you love to play sports, play. If you love to make music, make music. If you love to write, write. Don’t worry about whether it’s going to make you money or not and don’t worry if you’re good at it or not. It doesn’t matter. What matters is you’re doing something you love and the satisfaction of that will leak into other aspects of your life. I promise.

Give your loved ones a hug, enjoy the sunrise or sunset, and explore your passions. Most importantly, be careful not to get stuck in a rut. Don’t wait for someone else to change your fortunes, do it yourself.

If you want to live, live.

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