Timon: Hey, he looks blue.
Pumbaa: I’d say brownish-gold.
Timon: No, no, no. I mean he’s depressed.
(act from the animation movie ‘The Lion King’, Disney, 1994)
Is it so blurry outside or is it just Blue Monday? If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year. And apparently, that day is today, the third monday of January. The holiday season has been gone, apart from Valentine’s day we have to wait for a long time for that joyful spirit. And our New Year’s resolutions are not quite as brilliant as they did two weeks ago.
The weather outside is greyish and blurry. And at work the word ‘work pressure’ is trending. Hmmm… is it coincidence? Apart from my cerebro-spinal (from swimming?) I feel fine. I had a turbulent, but marvelous weekend. And as far as my New Year’s theme, well, let’s just say that I’m taking one step at a time. Just a few weeks ago I wrote about my theme word for 2014, my spark of vitality. It’s the middle of January and so far I only got a list of things that bring me energy. Like painting and drawing, or writing just random stories. Friends who give me energy and friends who longer don’t. My goal to cycle to work every day (so far not so good) and do my daily morning meditation (yeah, so far so good).
So what to do about Blue Monday? At the moment, while posting on this blog, I’m watching a comedy show especially made for Blue Monday. By the way, whoever said women can do two things at a time, it’s not true. In fact, I’m multiswitching instead of multitasking. I believe that apart from the weather you can change any situation, or at least your attitude towards any situation. It’s like when Winnie the Pooh claimed that a tree can fall, but on the other hand, that it might not fall at all. Looking at the bright side of life.
What did you do today to cure Blue Monday?
Whenever I feel depressed, I go to YouTube or turn on my dvd, and I go directly to my favorite Disney scene of all times. It’s the scene with the flamingo playing Jojo from the movie Fantasia 2000, with the energetic classic music ‘Carnaval of the Animals’, by the brilliant Camille Saint-Saëns.
Or I dance at the old school beat of ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain. Once someone gave me a tip to ‘fake it until I make it’: if you feel sad or depressed, put on a smile and you won’t feel sad or depressed anymore. It’s true, though, try it. Smile, just like Charlie Chaplin in the movie ‘Modern Times’.
And remember what Pooh says:
‘Today is my favorite day!’
Yes, even if it’s Blue Monday.