Why I ‘dress up’ on a Monday

Today, I decided to wake up and throw on a lace three-quarter sleeve tunic over a pair of jeans, a scarf, some earrings, and my tan combat boots.

As a classmate of mine said earlier this semester, “It takes the same amount of clothes and efforts to look nice as it does to put on sweats.”

I was happy with the clothing decisions I’d made, and I decided to throw a few curls in my hair like usual. I felt good. I posted a photo to my snapchat story with the caption, “Monday: let’s dance” with everyone’s favorite little tango lady emoji.

So I answer the dooming question: “Why/How do you dress up on a Monday?”

  • Why not?
    • “I’m tired” is not a good excuse. It’s college, everyone is tired. Waking up and doing something with myself makes me more energized for my morning classes and my day in general.
    • “I’m lazy” is also ridiculous. Refer to the quote above. I threw on the same amount of clothing as everyone else. It didn’t take me more time or effort, truly.
    • “Sweats are more comfortable” … I can’t argue with that, but read further.
  • I feel good. I feel better about my day, the challenges I face, and myself when I throw on more than the usual t-shirt and jeans. I feel confident and powerful. I can conquer the day.
  • Compliments feel gooooood. I absolutely love when people share kind words with me. Who doesn’t need that on the Monday before finals week, or every Monday?
    • Side note: give compliments. make someone else’s day 🙂
  • Monday is a fresh start, and you can take control of your week right from the get go.
  • Who knows when you could bump into Mr. Right? It’s college, and who knows what cutie could be standing in line for pasta at the same moment as you?
  • You can feel no regrets in using the diva emoji, or the sassy tango lady.
  • Mondays suck, and you can make the choice to demand control over your day.

I saw a photo on Twitter a few weeks ago. Here’s what it said:

Dear Monday, 

Thanks for having the word ‘mon’ in you. That’s French for “mine,” in case you weren’t aware, Monday, but it makes me think of you more as “my day,” and frankly that sounds like a much more promising start to the week.

  • So there you have it, folks. Happy Monday. There’s still time to change out of your sweatpants and carpe diem.

 

my medicine & drug of choice

Today I had a moment that I loved so much that I had to write about it. I probably have a moment like this at least every other day. Maybe that’s what makes it so great: it can reoccur so frequently.

The moment that I’m talking about is that moment when you’re in the middle of laughter. Head back, loud cackle-turned-belly laugh, double chin, abs aching, right before you begin to wheeze and maybe even cry a little bit and at that moment you’re not even sure why you’re laughing but everything is just funny… yeah, right smack dab in the middle of that. That moment. There’s nothing on your mind at that moment, not even the thing that was funny.. it’s just pure joy. That’s why I like the picture above. Hair-mustache, wind, laughter, lake water, good times, sunshine… (and cute accessories on my super tan skin. Man, winter can be a bummer sometimes). Captured laughter just reminds you of the good times. It’s perfect.

Today, as my head is back and I’m laughing out loud, I feel that happiness.  Of course, this laughter is due, in part, to the amazing people I surround myself with who constantly have me laughing out loud. I laugh and I forget all the crap in the world, in my life. I’ve even been told I have an ‘ugly’ laugh when my good ol’ cackle comes out to play. To me, it’s like the sound of a symphony. Laughter is happiness.

Laughter is the best medicine, as cliché as it sounds, and that middle-of-laughter moment is my favorite. It’s almost as if time moves in slow motion so you can soak in that feeling for just a little while longer. I want to have that moment every day. When time stands still and your heart is filled with light and joy and friendship and silliness… that’s my medicine and my drug of choice.

I hope I have this moment again tomorrow, and possibly every single day of my life. & I hope you do too.

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“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
― Audrey Hepburn 

the power of one.

“If I teach you nothing else, let me teach you this. When you find something absolutely intolerable – something that you hate. Like I’m-so-sick-of-this-bullshit in my world hatred. That’s life telling you to step up to the plate and change it. The day you were born in the Western world, you have 250 times the power of a child in Bangladesh. You have a voice people will listen to. You all have a choice. You can all make a difference.” – Kim McCullough

Today, my Human Geography teacher shared this with my class. The passion that fueled this conversation impacted me immensely. Hatred – the most negative emotion possible, in many opinions – can absolutely fuel something beautiful: Power. Voice. Choice. Difference.

I have no idea what I will do that could possibly change the world. Absolutely none. I’m not going to college to major in super hero-ism or to cure cancer or stop global warming. But I believe in the absolute power of the ripple effect: one movement can change everything. One smile, one connection, one word. One. 

I am one person. I can make one choice. I can make one difference, no matter how big or small. So that’s my goal each day. Because if I can make one choice, voice my opinion, or make a difference just once a day, who knows what those 365 days in a year can do. Or the people whom I touch – where will their ripples lead?

In Human Geography today, we spoke about how humans are constantly changing and shaping our world since the beginning of time. This forges the question: why not us? Why not me, right here and right now?

I was so absolutely moved by the words of my professor, and I chose to share her words today. There’s my one.

What are you doing to change the world today?

maybe you don’t even realize it, but you changed the world today. One kind greeting, one exchange of conversation, one thought that starts a ripple in your life, one question voiced in class, one cackle of laughter that forces someone else to smile… you make an impact.

Be you. Have a voice. Make choices. Make a difference.

We can change the world.