When you feel burnt out from your daily grind, a short vacation can be rejuvenating. My train ride north two weeks was one such get-away. On my way up to the quiet parcel in the middle of bum-fuck-nowhere New Mexico, my mind was shrouded in an eerie mist of negativity. On my way back down south, I was much more content with myself. It was just a weekend away from my city but it was just enough of a change of scenery to reboot my attitude.
I think I’m slowly becoming a morning person. These early morning hours can provide one with some much needed personal time for self-reflection and internal preparation for the day ahead; early mornings also provide opportune moments for journaling.
Working two jobs is surprisingly doable, it’s all about the people with whom you’re working. If you work with tolerable people that actually get shit done, you’ll find it satisfying to work alongside them. I recommend communicating your boundaries with your boss immediately – DO NOT sacrifice your personal time to cover anyone’s shift. Other shifts are not your responsibility and your personal time is sacred for your own mental health.
I caught the flu last weekend. I could have easily avoided it by walking a block away to my local pharmacy and paying for a seasonal flu shot but I had become complacent in my health, I was taking my health for granted as do most modern humans. I paid the price for my complacency (and my laziness) with lungs full of mucuous and the temporary loss of two of my physical senses.
Vaccines really are a marvel of modern healthcare, an invention that has saved millions of lives from what are now preventable diseases. Diseases that were once feared as potential plagues are now confined to history books thanks to vaccines (some of those diseases are unfortunately coming back thanks to the spreading of some mis-information but that is another topic of discussion).
Fortunately for myself, I still have a relatively strong immune system and my good health is returning but I should make more of an effort remember the new flu season every year. I don’t want any new influenza mutations to infect my body again.
Perhaps you all have noticed in my writing that I’m not a very optimistic person. One could accurately describe me as a grouch or (in the spirit of the upcoming Christmas season) a Scrooge. I’m usually the person in a group asking questions like “why do this” or “what purpose does this serve?” That mentality has utility but it’s also important to remind yourself about the positive things in your life as well. “Counting your blessings,” as the saying goes.
My pessimistic disposition usually paints Monday as a negative day in my mind as the day marks the beginning of a new work week with the next weekend furthest from it. This mentality can be flipped over for an opposite feeling. Why not look at Monday as the start of new opportunities for the new week? A new week means new things to do and more acts to accomplish. A day to re-organize your goals, short-term and long-term.
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Make it a goal to find more inspiration and motivation on Monday.