Oh Monstrous Monday...it's you again

Why do we dislike Mondays so much? Is it the start of the workweek or the fact that the school week always starts on Monday? Maybe it’s that we have to jam in as many things as possible into our weekends just so we could get everything accomplished before we head back to work or wherever we go on Mondays. 

Historically speaking lots of negative things have happened or even started on a Monday. For instance, King Louis XVI was executed on a Monday in 1793 for treason during the French Revolution.  John Lennon had his life stolen from him on a Monday in December 1980.  The Trail of Tears was an epic injustice that many Native American tribes endured when driven out of their ancestral lands and it started on a Monday in 1838. In 1945, the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on a Monday.  I’m seeing a thread of commonality between horrible things that happened on a Monday.

But some good things have also happened on a Monday such as the end of Word War I in 1918. Furthermore, Monday is a popular day for babies to born and is only second to Tuesdays as the most popular day to be born. Lots of people also start new jobs, thus new life journeys, on a Monday. 

I dread Mondays because it’s back to work and I have to get myself back in to the routine that I’ve established, but break on Saturday and Sundays.  On Mondays I could sleep in forever and the best sleep comes just one hour before my alarm beckons me.  I wonder if coffee shops sell the most coffee on Mondays? Some Mondays I feel as though there is not enough coffee in the world to make the day go smoothly. I am hypothesizing that Monday is probably one of the most dreaded days of the week and we even have the music to prove it.

1.    Manic Monday by the Bangles

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday

Mondays are manic.  They are up and down and mostly undecided in their mood. Sunday is a funday because we’ve finally forgotten about the trials and tribulations of the previous week and we might also relax more on a Sunday.

2.    Monday Monday by the Mamas and the Papas

Monday, Monday, so good to me;
Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be.
Oh, Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me.
Monday, Monday, can't trust that day;

Monday, according to the Mamas and the Papas, can be filled with uncertainty and heartbreak. Consequently, Mondays can’t be trusted.

Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

I don't care if Monday's blue
Monday you can fall apart
I don't care if Mondays black
Monday, you can hold your head

The above lines are all the beginnings of separate stanzas of the song as each stanza goes through the days of the week. Monday is seen as bleak and depressing in comparison to Friday which is the favoured day of the week for The Cure. 

4.    Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and the Comets

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days,
Thursday, Friday, Happy Days,
The weekend comes, the cycle hums
Ready to race to you

Bill Hayley and the Comets had it right. Every day is a glorious day as long as you are with the one you love. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday or any other day of the week.

5.    Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night - Bon Jovi

And Tuesday just might go my way
It can't get worse than yesterday
I'm feelin' like a Monday, but someday I'll be Saturday night

These lines appear in different stanzas in Bon Jovi’s song.  Monday is worse than Tuesday and at some point the poor person that this song is about will feel like Saturday night.  Yes, Saturday night sure is more special than other nights of the week. I can understand wanting to feel like a Saturday night most of the time. 

It appears as though Monday gets the least amount of love out of any day of the week; even if really good things can happen on a Monday. If we approached Monday with more happiness, passion, and optimism maybe we could change the Monday stereotype. Anybody with me? 

 ~Jennifer Ward

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