Monday Series #17 – Graphs

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This January is special for two reasons. Firstly, today is the forth Monday this month, and there is still one more to go. Secondly, and even more importantly, for the first time in this series, we have a Monday story that doesn’t come from a woman. That’s right! This week we have Ali Yunus, a student at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, who was kind enough to be the first male storyteller in the Monday series. Let’s see what he had to say!


Instead of one where he is in front of the camera, Yunus preferred a photograph in which he was behind the scene. So, here’s the beautiful Izmir, from his perspective.


”First of all, I need to tell you about my life graph. It’s a graph that has an average point on the very middle. And every event needs to have another corresponding event that will enable the average to be maintained. For example, if I have 100 peanuts and 2 days to eat them, I’ll eat 25 on the first and the other 75 on the other day. This will lead to having that balance of 50 in two days.  Now why am I telling you this? With this unique framework I’ve had the ability to change the situation, consciously or not. For instance, while trying to come to the hospital back when my mother was giving birth to me, my father had an accident that left him disabled for life. On the graph this would mean my birth created a horrific situation where instead of having a happy family portrait, in addition to dads situation, both my mum and I got very sick. In order to explain the graph better I’ll use points again. The stress we were faced with can be given 75 points. However, when I was born, I was also the most-smiling child ever. The happiest-looking child ever. This then gave the family graph a whole new 150 points and enabled us to be able to establish the balance again. And just like in this case, the rest of my life was shaped trying to maintain that balance. This generally resulted in me trying extraordinarily hard to refine. It’s like I am this highly talented cleaner who is at the same time so clumsy that he firstly soils the place and then cleans it with his outstanding performance.

The same thing applies to Mondays. Actually, there’s no need for me to do anything clumsy since Mondays are already messy themselves. This, first of all, brings a relief, because I know I’m not the one who created the mess in the first place. And it’s not just me facing the mess, but everyone else as well. The second thing is that I already have the motivation to deal with whatever mess, so the Monday syndrome isn’t really a shock. And lastly, I see myself as a man fighting Monday syndrome in order to make it better not just for me, but everyone around me as well.  I think the key is in the effort put to change your life for the better. And even though this is cliché, when life gives you lemons, or if you think you are the lemon, like I do (laughs), then try to make a lemonade!”



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