Why Monday Morning Blues During Happy Hour Sunset?

How could they be my friends and spend a lovely Sunday evening (while they could have been watching a magnificent sunset change from vibrant colors to muted tones) talking about how they were dreading going to work the next day. Both very intelligent, well-paid professionals were planning for their Monday Morning Blues.

“Why don’t you find jobs that you would love to do?” I asked, even though I knew the answer.

“It’s not that I don’t like my job, I would just prefer not to work,” one said.

“My job is filled with joy,” I said, realizing this would ruin their fun in complaining about their jobs, and make me an outsider. “Monday mornings are great, because I get to dive in to what I love doing.”

“You are not normal,” said the second, with a tone close to disgust, “I have to work at my stressful job until I can get my full retirement, because we want to be able to do lots of traveling when I’m done with it.”

“You’re your own boss, Kathy, so you don’t know what it’s like to have to work at a job where you have to do what others decide you should be doing,” said the other person.

“Yes, I created a work situation that gives me the freedom to be myself,” I said, “which, by the way, doesn’t give me retirement benefits. I’ll never retire. I look forward to working at doing something that I love doing for the rest of my life. I’m not waiting to have freedom, I have freedom.”

Eyes rolled and they both ordered another drink.

“You are not normal,” they said, in unison this time – with shared disgust in both their voices. “Part of the fun of Happy Hour is complaining about your job. Stop being a party pooper.”

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7 responses to “Why Monday Morning Blues During Happy Hour Sunset?

  1. Great insight! I love my job and have no intent on “retiring” in the traditional sense.

  2. Missy Froeber

    Too Funny! I have friends just like this. So I bought them the “No Complaining Rule” by Jon Gordon 😉

    I too had a job that I loved. I couldn’t wait to get into work on Monday morning. I called it my “happy place”. Yes, it was stressful and the work could be boring at times, but I think it’s what you make of it and we chose to make our work place fun. We loved sharing stories of our weekends and then starting whatever new exciting project we were working on. I have since moved to another company and am doing something totally different. While it may not be my “happy place” yet, it has great potential and I’m excited to see what positive focus can do for everyone here.

  3. Susan Blais

    I have found a pattern among my friends and colleagues that confirms this: those who work for others usually can’t wait to retire; those who own their business, and hence direct their own activities, never want to retire. But I’ll bet even those who work for others would stay around longer if they were well-matched conatively with their work.

  4. Lesley

    I have been looking to build a retirement plan around creating something that I will love doing and won’t feel at all like a sacrifice (as opposed to working at a job that doesn’t feel suitable while saving money to finally get out). I’m looking at building a coaching practice and have been going through the Martha Beck Coach Training Program. The Fact Finder in me is accustomed to “analysis paralysis” and it’s taking everything in me to get moving. I’m wishing myself the best!

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