This is an attempt to revive your Monday Morning Blues Feeling which is perhaps returning after a lock down vacation or an unlock down in phases! Actually, I am searching for the man who coined the proverb `Everyday is not a Sunday’ and also the people behind the term `Monday Morning Blues’ — a term we use perhaps without knowing the meaning, context or reference in which it is said.
Isn’t it a fashion to say it that `I am suffering from Monday Morning Blues’, and dread this day. Most of us have grown up following the Western system, where Monday is the first working day of the week, and we return after a welcome holiday. People in the Middle East may not really know about Monday Morning Blues!
During days of education, this was a stark reminder of the homework that you did not do in the two days, and resume the `reprimand routine’ all over again. Those days the rod or a scale would be needed to get people back into the routine and out of Monday Morning Blues
In office, one resumes duty after a near 64-44 hours of vacation from the office space for the 5/6 day week office goers? Say you leave office on Friday at 6.00 pm (legally), and resume office on Monday at 9.00 – 10.00 a.m.
The week may have changed, but nothing else in the office seems to have changed. That Pinochioo (nosey) boss, the lazy sub-ordinates, and the indifferent colleagues, contribute equally to this feeling.
Monday Morning Blues are nothing but a hangover of `Weekend Woes’, for we tend to be not happy of the time we spent, that we want an extension, or so happy of the time we spent that we do not want to move ahead.
What a great feeling to start the week with, when we are so enthused at the start of a year to make resolutions to only break them. We then make the excuse of setting things right and wait for the next quarter to begin, or are so enthused at the start of the month, maybe because we get our salaries.
The fact is that, Monday is not a day that many people look forward to, and most people get up feeling rather depressed on this day, because, they know that they have to work for another five or six days before they get some time off. The `blues’ referred to in the idiom has nothing to do with the colour.
According to some scholars, it refers to the type of music made popular by African Americans. The `blues music’ deals with rather sad themes, and as a result leaves the listener feeling sad. This is the reason why the expressions `to have the blues’ and `feeling blue’ mean feeling sad or depressed.
Though, the colour Blue, has been always used in a negative connotation in the English texts. Your hands get blue with cold, you are Blue in Your face; Something happens out of the blue; you see someone once in a Blue moon, and feel a little blue after the latest setback. Blue-collar: describes people who do physical or unskilled work in a factory rather than office work.
Why then associate Blue with a routine, and on Monday mornings? Right round the week we were celebrating or being wooed to spend, for Tuesdays for movies, Wednesdays and Thursdays for Mid-week bonanza’s at malls or lounges, and Fridays is one day to Thank God for WTF!, while Saturday and Sundays are weekends, why then a start of a week has been drilled into us as an Exorcist!
Sunday is a great day, where you have the License to sleep for longer. A day when the clock doesn’t tick, till it is evening, when you wonder about your compulsive, and, or sometimes obsessive evening outing, followed by dinner outside, that mostly results in over indulgence. Now you are back home and go to sleep – do you? Well, Monday Mornings, you are supposed to start work. Do You?
So now, when you are in this state of near drowsiness of inadequate sleep, and the morose feeling of a Monday morning, let me take the liberty of asking you to contribute ways of beating Monday morning Blues. Maybe you have an answer.
Let me volunteer the first suggestion. Mondays should be a day when offices open at 1.00 p.m and start with the lunch, so there is a spring in our step because we have conveniently skipped the morning, got that extra sleep, and are all fresh and raring to go.
There will be no more Monday Mornings – leave alone the Blues!