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Monday Meanderings: Everybody’s Free

Garfield Loves Mondays... or not

It’s Monday and for most people (like The Bangles) Mondays are just “one of those days.” The only other person aside for myself who doesn’t really despise Monday is my boy Schaefer. But then again playing poker for a living and traveling to look under every rock in the world like Schaefer, I wouldn’t imagine really hating any day. I’m not as fortunate as my dude, but I generally don’t dislike Monday more than any other weekday.

I look at Mondays like this; for most, Monday is the start of the the week. Monday is a day for a fresh seven day stretch. Instead of wasting the day moping about it, how about get ahead of the billions of others who just limp around? For you Weekend Warriors raising glasses together, Monday isn’t an end to the weekend, it simply means one more day closer to another one. True Tuesdays and Thursdays may be the hottest days of the week, I’m just sayin to not be like Garfield and give Monday’s a chance.

This whole Monday business came up for a few reasons. The obvious, it’s Monday. The not so obvious. I was flipping through my iPod and my ears fell upon Baz Luhrmann’s single “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).” Seeing how most people reading this blog are my friends, most of you have heard it before (it’s the kind of company I keep). I won’t post all of the words, but I will post the video.

Since some of you are suffering from the Monday Blues, give this a listen. I actually listen to this from time to time on the six other days of the week, it’s a good motivation speech and only seems to get better with age. Also a quick tidbit of information (I try to drop knowledge every now and again), this was not written as a graduation speech nor originally by Baz Luhrmann.

The song is actually inspired from Mary Schmich’s “Advice, Like Youth, Probably Just Wasted on the Young” 1997 column in the Chicago Tribune. (The words to the song can be found there). The column was actually described as a commencement address if Schmich were asked to give one. My favorite part of the column/song:

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.