Today is Blue Monday 2017. As if we didn’t already have enough with Friday the 13th this month, now we have to deal with what is apparently the most “depressing” day of the year.
Surprisingly only one of the two days is surrounded by a superstitious cloud. January 16th 2017 (today) is a bad day because mathematics say so.
I don’t know about you but I didn’t know these variables were a barometer of my mood until now.
All jokes aside, the silly idea of Blue Monday may have been thought up by some PR company but it still deserves some recognition for underlying something a lot of people, including me, do deal with at this time of year.
I’m talking about the dreading feeling that the new year will unravel to become a lot like all the other years where things didn’t turn out exactly like you wanted them to.
I mean, how often does that happen anyway.
At this point no one even takes resolutions seriously. Everyone expects others to fail. Heck, we don’t even expect ourselves to succeed. That is if you’re being honest with yourself.
It has become a joke, a running gag because let’s face it, we’d rather laugh than cry about it.
Still, it pinches our heartstrings a little when we’re in private, looking at our reflection in the mirror.
I read in a survey that only 9% of people say they succeeded at keeping past resolutions.
It’s fair to say that most of us can put a number in for Q= time since failing our New Year’s resolution.
Which brings me to my next point; the money variable.
Nobody likes to talk about it but fact is apparently 8 out of 10 Americans are in debt.
I am. And chances are, you are too.
Weather is for sure a part of the equation too if you live in the North.
The point is there seems to be a lot of things weighing down on us at this time of the year.
I’ve sure felt it these past few weeks in my personal life. I thought I’d take the opportunity of this very special day (Blue Monday) to ask myself and you this:
So what if all the variables in our life are negative values?
Does it mean we can’t change the result?
Life isn’t a set formula. When things don’t go our way we can always include new variables.
If, like me, you’ve never liked math maybe it’s time to give it a shot.
I do believe there’s a variable that can change a lot of things.
I think Mickey would agree it’s sort of magic.
I’m personally working on quantifying it and I won’t let myself have a Blue Monday.
I hope you won’t either.
What do you think?
Have you been letting the January blues get to you?
I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.