“The thing about today is…It’s Monday! No other day could get the week off to such a great start.”― Anthony T. Hincks
I wish I could say I look forward to Monday but I don’t. The truth is. This. Week. Has. Been. Long. I’m probably not alone when I say my week has been long but for me this week felt particularly long. And even though I’m writing this post on a Friday, Saturday still feels like it’s a week away.
But pretty much every week seems like this; go to school, go to work, and count down the days til Friday hits in hopes of spending the weekend stress-free until I have to get up on Monday and do it all over again.
I keep thinking maybe if I weren’t in school my week wouldn’t be so long, or maybe if I didn’t work all day Tuesday and Thursday I could get more stuff done, or if I could just be more organized then my week would run smoother.
And if you’re like me you probably have had at least one of these thoughts on average about once a day — if we’re going to guess on the low end.
So what’s the solution? How do we stop living for the weekend and live with purpose?
Try these two things.
Do what you love, and love what you do
When you do something you love it doesn’t feel like work, it almost feels like play.
Most of us work at jobs we didn’t think we would be doing but have to to put on food on the table. But this type of work means punching the clock and dreading the early morning commute.
This kind of work entails sitting in a cubicle you hate, working with people you despise until the clock strikes 5. This type of work is labor. It’s forced.
But when you do something you love what you do your work becomes easy. It’s no longer a struggle to get out of bed, in fact your might not even be able to sleep a good 8 hours because you’re so excited to get started on the next day.
When you do something you love you do it not because you have to to survive but because you can’t survive without it.
Live With Purpose
Most of us go day to day without any purpose.
We comply with the monotony of our lives with no plans to do anything about it. We work and work and work and work waiting on the weekend to come until we have to go back work and the cycle repeats itself.
And we are promised that by the time we are 65 we will retire in hopes of acquiring the freedom we dreamed of since we were interns. But this is a recipe for misery. This is what schools taught us to do. This is what or parents urged us to do. This life is the reason we live for the weekend.
Break up with your 9–5 and live with purpose. Find something that pulls at your heartstrings, that keeps you up at night, and that stays on your mind at all times.
Find something that allows you to make an impact and change someone’s life for the better.
Ask yourself, “what am I passionate about that allows me to be of service to others?
If you can find something you love that’s great, you’re doing what most people wish they did. But if you can find something that you love and make an impact at the same time that’s even better.
Because the reason we are alive is not for ourselves but for others. We are here to make a change not for the world but for the world around us.
If you can find your purpose then you can make a difference. If you can make a difference then you have a reason to get up. And if you have a reason to get up there’s no way you will live for the weekend.