For my entire working career, I have had Monday-Friday jobs. I don’t complain about that too much because I have had a steady job and enjoy the weekends but too many times I am starting a Monday already working for the weekend. I start another week in my job. I pretty much know what to expect when I come in here on Mondays but there are always things that happen which I didn’t expect. Sometimes the best laid plans are blown up by one person calling or showing up at my door. Yes, I dread Mondays. I often feel that Monday dread start late Sunday evening when the weekend has melted away and I arrive to the eve of the start of another work week.
And here I am. Of course, I will be working by the time they blog gets posted.
I have worked mostly a set schedule my entire working career. It started with the Air Force and up to my job now. I don’t hate it but I would like a different setting to my work routine. Since I am close to be eligible to retire, I foresee an opportunity for that to happen but will I be ready for it? How will I adjust to a possible work schedule where I am working on the weekends and off during the week? I don’t know but I’m sure it will be an adjustment for me.
Mondays aren’t so bad and my job isn’t too much to dread. I like my job but I’m not in love with it. There was a time that i was obsessed with it. Mostly because I had a terrible home life and my self-esteem was wrapped up in my work. I volunteered for lots of things and jumped on anything that would take me away from home. I tried to be a star in my career field and wanted to make a name for myself. I have learned now, as I look back on it, that it was a shallow and fleeting existence. No matter how much you want to be a star, there will always be brighter stars. I also learned that volunteering or the inability to say “no” only creates more problems for you. It is definitely not the success you would think.
I know people now who will tell me how much they worked over the weekend or after normal work hours. I don’t respond to that. It doesn’t impress me. I have worked many places where I have worked weekends and overtime – and many times without any compensation for it. Once I was told I was doing it “for the mission” which is still a constant joke. Yeah, those uncompensated overtime hours didn’t earn me any metals. It just enabled to others to take advantage of me. Now when people brag about working the weekend I respond to them in my mind that they really need a life. These people seem to need some affirmation they aren’t getting from any other areas of their lives.
Mondays. I’ve had plenty of them. A new start to the week. Working toward the weekend. Mondays bring a new week with new possibilities. I wonder what possibilities might happen for me this week.
In the jobs that I have had over the years, I would say that the Mondays I had during the few months I worked with a private investigative firm in Atlanta was probably some of the ones I dreaded the most. I hated that job. It was very stressful and sucked the life out of me. I also had to drive 100 miles one-way each day to and from the job. It was my first job after leaving the Air Force and there was always the fear of being fired. It was a real fear too because the managers fired employees often for various reasons. I did my best and hung in there until I found something else. Those Mondays were hard and difficult to work through. I also had those Mondays in Tampa when I had to board the bus for the nearly one-hour trip to downtown. I hated riding that bus.
No, I’m not a fan of Mondays but it is necessary. Perhaps the day will come when I will appreciate Mondays more like I do when they are a holiday but for now they will continue to be a necessary evil in the life of the weekday worker.