Living for the weekend…
We’ve all heard this quote especially on a Thursday when we are beyond stressed from Monday-Wednesday and we just want a break from the madness we call life.
But… What kind of life is that? What kind of life is it that 3 days (technically 2 because most of us work on Friday) out of 7 we are living for those 3 maybe 2 days. That means 4 maybe 5 days every week we are miserable waiting for our 2 days to get here… Day dreaming of our weekend plans, maybe as simple as sleeping in or something more important like hanging out with your kids!
According to USA Today in 2014, the average life expectancy in the United States was 78.8 years! Most of us start working full time around 21 and retire around 60 (if we’re lucky) that’s 39 years of living for the weekend those simple quick 2 days, that’s 10,140 days of being miserable while living for the weekend. 260 days a year that we are living for those glorious 105 days a year.
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” – James 4:14
Why are we spending the majority of our lives waiting for the weekend? I understand we all have to make a living and for most of us that means by working a 40 hour work week.
I’m not advising for everyone to go quit their day jobs but I think we would all have more meaningful fulfilled lives if we reevaluated why we are living for the weekend.
These are the questions I asked myself several months ago:
Am I happy?
When I’m 70, will I feel like I truly “lived” life to its fullest?
Have I used my skills and talents according to God’s will?
If I died tomorrow would I be happy and content with the work I’m doing today?
I found myself answering many of these questions with a “no!” So I reevaluated my life and for me I decided my kids and husband are where I’m most fulfilled and is my peaceful place. If I died tomorrow, I would be beyond blessed to have spent it with my little family. I’m not living for the weekends anymore I’m simply living and it feels so extraordinarily amazing!
We are putting our faith and trust in God and following his plan.
Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a sporadic impulsive decision. I prayed for almost six months asking the Lord to place me where he needs me most and to open and close the doors in my life according to His Will. There were many tears shed and I was an emotional roller coaster trying to figure out my purpose in this crazy life. All I knew is that I was tired of living for the weekends or living for 5pm. I loved my job but I loved my family more.
Let’s stop living in a T.G.I.F. world and start living a purpose driven, no-hold backs, faith-filled life. Maybe that means you change careers in following dreams or maybe it means just changing our perspective and M-Th living each day to the fullest even while working our 8-12 hour shift by finding the positive in what we do and embracing it.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9