Living for the Weekend

Loverboy said it best, “everybody’s working for the weekend.”

A good majority of us are familiar with the Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 gig. We are all too familiar with the Monday blues and the highly anticipated “TGIF” feeling. The weekend is at the forefront of our minds every day.

More increasingly, the young generations are trying to break this traditional career schedule. Why? A few reasons:

1) They want the freedom of working on their own time

2) They feel as if you should embrace each day, not just 2 days a week.

Let me first say that your career choice is a big determinant of your fulfillment in life. This is not going to be a blog about how to choose a career path you love. That topic is pretty exhausted at this point. Long story short, if you hate your job, leave. If you like your job but you still look forward to the weekend and can’t seem to figure out why, keep reading.

I work weekdays at a desk job that I very much enjoy. Not every day is edge of your seat exciting. There are many days filled with busy work and time spent doing non-productive activities (I swear I am trying to lock my phone in my desk during the day). However, I genuinely find my work interesting, challenging, and rewarding. Despite that, every week on Friday I find myself saying “TGIF!”. I’ve come to realize this isn’t a bad thing. It’s also very hard to avoid.

Friday is my favorite day of the week. It’s a day to get together for happy hour, go on date night, or just relax with a movie at home. It’s a day to celebrate all that has been accomplished that week, or to wash away our missteps and struggles.

Looking forward to Friday is no different than looking forward to any other event in your life. To anticipate something is a wonderful feeling that we should experience more often. Whether it be looking forward to seeing our kids after work or looking forward to that next vacation. It means we have a life that we truly enjoy, that we can’t wait to live.

Does it mean that we don’t have a life when we are working? Absolutely not. Does it mean we do unfulfilling work? Not necessarily.

No matter what you do for a living, no matter how much you love it, at the end of the day it is still work. Even if you run your own business and make your own schedule there are still going to be hard times and stressful days. No one ever said that going after your dreams is easy.

You should enjoy what you do and choosing your own work schedule can be nice, but thinking that will solve all your problems is a mistaken belief. It’s true, we all need to learn how to live in the moment and appreciate every day a little more. But, it’s okay and completely normal to be excited about that next day off.

And let’s be honest, if you don’t look forward to spending time with your family and friends only then should you be concerned.