Everyone hates them, even freelancers, authors, artists - or what I like to call the 'Creatives.' There's just something about Mondays that is irrevocably programmed into our brains to loathe.
Mondays, for me, are when I have to sit down and catch up on my work from the weekend. I always work over the weekend - that's just what you do when you're in charge of a publishing company AND your own freelance career - but I try to put off anything that isn't immediately due for Monday in order to spend time with my kids.
Hence why I dread Mondays - my work pile is always at its largest.
In order to lighten this day, I decided to start Motivational Mondays - a day where I boost my spirits (and hopefully a few of yours) with a simple quote that I find inspiring.
Today's quote is near and dear to my heart. It is one of those quotes that will undoubtedly wind up tattooed on me at some point in time. It's no secret that I'm a HUGE Whovian - a ridiculously loyal fan of Doctor Who. As a writer, a story teller, Doctor Who is one of the best stories ever told. It is a story line that has managed to span over 50 years, with constant twists, turns, and secrets. You still, after 50 years, are left wanting to know more about this spectacular, endearing character. There are still deep emotions, secrets, and revelations that catch you off-guard. For those of you who watch, this past weekend's episode was no exception. Both my ten year old and I found ourselves in tears - and the weekend before that, my 7 year old cried for about ten minutes after the show ended. It's just that kind of show.
One of the best things about a main character that is over 1,000 years old is that he has learned a thing or two over his expansive years. He drops some of the best truth bombs in almost every episode. It's fantastic. Today's quote is one of those magical lines of wisdom and is something I feel we should all remember daily - especially when we feel a bit stuck in a rut or like we've fallen into the grind again.
As the Doctor tells his faithful companion Amy Pond, "we're all stories in the end." There is a beautiful, yet sorrowful truth to that portion of the quote. In the end, we all move on, we all die, and are reverted to stories - whether written or spoken. This is what makes the second portion of the Doctor's quote so important. If we are all just stories after we go, we'd better "make it a good one." Boring stories rarely get retold.
So, as you dive into your work pile on this dreary Monday morning, remind yourself that - in the end - we are all just a story. Make yours a good one.