If you must have motivation, think of your paycheck on Friday.
~ Noel Coward
Today is going to be a short post answering a question I’ve been asked before which is “what does TGIF mean?”
It is a Thursday as I write this so I figured that answering what TGIF means is probably apropos.
There are really only 2 meanings of the acronym TGIF. The polite or more political correct meaning and then also the original meaning which is how I grew up understanding what TGIF means.
Okay, let’s get right to it shall we. TGIF stands for “Thank God It’s Friday”, or more politely “Thank Goodness It’s Friday”.
You might be wondering why we came up with the acronym TGIF and that’s a good question. I don’t know the subtleties about it but in many countries around the world, Friday is the last day of the workweek and folks generally don’t like their jobs and as such they look forward to the weekend or their days off.
Many companies have also relaxed the dress code that must be followed on Fridays and Fridays alone. You’ll often hear terms like casual Fridays or Dress Down Fridays.
Depending on your employer and your roll in the company you may or may not be allowed to wear jeans on Fridays, but if you are a banker who likely wears a full suit during the week on Fridays you might be allowed to wear dress pants and a dress shirt without a tie even. Lucky you!
TIGF is indicative of the culture and environment that most of us find ourselves in.
I am fortunate in that I don’t have to worry about casual Fridays as I work for myself from home. In fact the meaning of TGIF is antiquated and has lost most of its meaning for me.
And this is why I think it is important to learn how to live humbly, frugally and lightly so that we might choose with whom, when and how we spend our most valuable resource which is after all our time.
As I’ve written about before, we give away our time practically for free to go to places and interact with people we’d sooner choose not to if we had the choice. But by practising minimalism and choosing to live authentically, lightly and frugally the day we earn our freedom back can come sooner than we think.
Always keep in the back of your mind the hold that society and the powers that be have on you. If you have to give 40 hours of yourself each week to work for money you are an indentured servant. Make no mistake about it.
Even if you love your job so long as you have to work each week to keep clothed, fed and housed you are a wage slave.
The only free man or free woman is s/he who has the ability to decide when and where they will work and with whom. There are very few of us like that.
But sadly it is mostly by choice that we need to work until we are 65 or longer before we’ve earned parole. If you will choose to live simply you will be able to save tremendous amounts of your income and find that freedom 45 or 55 or even 35 is well within your grasp.
But you have to make some choices. Often hard choices in order to buck the trend that society is dictating for you. There is a reason our world is so materialistic and that is to keep you buying junk and keeping up with the Joneses so you have to work to keep the yoke of debt from strangling you.
Failing that, and if you don’t wish to think for yourself and plot your early escape you will continue to sing the sad song of TGIF each week until you have no voice left to talk about freedom. The only freedom you’ll enjoy will be weekly parole on Saturday’s and Sundays.