When the Boomtown Rats had their ”I don’t like Mondays” hit, I was about 10. It took several years of listening to it on the radio however before I understood that the song was not about someone hating school, but about a real-life school shooting.
What at the time was still a rare event – a 16-year-old girl opening fire on a school playground across her home – has since become a recurring and horrifying news item. Though the shooter is not often a girl and does not often live to tell why she committed such a senseless act. The answer Brenda Ann Spencer gave when she was arrested was that she “didn’t like Mondays”. Would it have been better if there had been a rational reason for an absurd act? She’s still in prison and was denied parole for the forth time this year.
I know many people who don’t like Mondays. After all, Monday is generally the day you choose to start on something “life-changing”: diet, stop smoking, going to the gym… Good intentions, but not always something to look forward to. It’s a “back to work” or “start looking for a job again” day. It’s also a medical fact that there are more heart attacks on Mondays.
As for me, I pretty much like Mondays. It’s the day I start looking forward to the weekend again.
4 responses to “It’s a question of… not liking Mondays”
Actually, I do like Mondays. I always feel an absurd optimism that this week is going to be better than last week.
It’s Tuesdays I don’t much like….
I too like Mondays – in a love/hate kind of way. Monday’s signal the end of the weekend (actually Sunday evenings are pretty rough too). But Monday’s also signal the beginning of the 5 day window in which to change the world before sinking into the quiet cocoon of the weekend.
How do you feel about Tuesdays?
My attitude towards Mondays? Simple: They exist.
Mondays are better that Fridays. Mondays you have the whole week ahead of you to acheive, but with Fridays you are able to look back on the week and understand how much you haven’t.
Mondays are full of hope, Fridays…well no wonder people choose Fridays to start their weekend drinking.