Got A Rad Case of The Mondays.

The Difference Between Tension & Stress.

I've got two favourite days of the week. And Neither of them are Friday anymore.

The first one.. in sequence and importance is Monday. Especially during Damn Early Days.

Like most of us here, there are things I want to accomplish and big things I want to dedicate myself to. Clearly seeing the gap between 'here' and 'there' brings on a natural tension.

In spite of that gap, if we are clear on where we want to go, if we know our Why for wanting to go there, and if we've chopped the progression into manageable steps, that tension turns into excitement and an energy that might be nagging at us on Sunday night, but that also pulls us out of bed Monday morning. 

We fundamentally believe that something inside all of us that is drawn to the person we could become, even if we can't see it clearly.

So that means everyone feels the tension, too - but for so many, Monday brings a reminder (conscious or unconscious) that we aren't going where, somewhere inside, we know we want to go. We feel stuck, and that internal tension is stagnated. It becomes stress, and we either lash out with it, let it pour over in reactive sass, or turn it fully inwards on ourselves which over time can have tragic effects.

This TED talk below on stress is definitely worth a watch (even as a reminder if you've seen it already) It shows how stress can actually be a neutral or potentially positive thing if we frame it right.

We would agree and also argue that the tension behind stress can be one of the most positive forces we've got: energy intent on change.   


My second favourite day is hands down, Sunday. Here's a little taste of why (gallery below by Wendy Shepherd, Julian Deschutter and Montana Radok)

It's crazy how a weekend can also be the same kind of stressful when we don't clearly know what we're doing or why we're doing it. 

We'll do another post on this, but since January with the Chasing Sunrise Vancouver crew, we have gotten after something badass every single week. We've done >16 different adventures and met so many genuine, hilarious, solid human beings who make life awesome. It's about community. It's about adventure. It's about play. It's about nature. It's about not letting weekends pass us by while we waited for 'vacations'. It's about making life count.

Inside we had been craving more adventure and more connection with rad humans. So we took the same approach to the weekend. We got clear on what we wanted to do: build a strong and growing community of people who get after life together. We decided to throw 52 adventures in 52 weeks and from there the stress turned back into a healthy tension, an excitement and an energy that has a lot of us buzzing about Sundays together.

Gordon Swenson