In 1990 supermodel Linda Evangelista was quoted saying “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” (referencing herself and fellow supermodel Christy Turlington). Her statement was not without consequence, in fact, the consequence might be over a decade later that she is most famous for that very statement. Regardless, Evangelista’s statement really struck me in that I admire her boldness. I mean I had to really stop and think what’s my daily rate for getting up? What do I value getting out of bed for?
I can tell you on Saturday mornings there are very few things that will get me out of bed. My Saturday mornings are mine to stay in bed and recover from the week during which I probably pulled a few late nights. But Saturdays aside, I guess what I get up for never has a dollar sign in front of it.
I know most would counter that statement with the assertion that I get up for work and I make money by doing that. That’s completely true. That thought certainly crosses my mind when I want to turn over and go to back to sleep after being awoken by my alarm five days a week.
The fact I actually like going to the office. In my mind I could lay in bed all day and be content. Then again going to the office seeing my coworkers, debating television shows, and joking around is in the long term more fun than anything. Coming up with an original idea, creating a sick infographic, these are little things are worth getting up for each morning. I get up everyday because every single day I am surprised by mine and others’ potential.
I sit at my desk like millions of Americans, and shake my head at tragedies being reported in the Twitterverse. I think why would someone commit that horrible crime? The potential for evil in humanity is astounding.
Sure there will be at least one viral Youtube video that week that make me laugh. And yes, I will be amazed at some new gadget someone in this world created on the typical week and the fact everyone can fund strangers’ great ideas on sites like Kickstarter. Those sort of things, they expand my perception and faith in the human potential for good.
All in all, I start to feel kind of bad for Evangelista, that she only gets to live those days where someone is willing to pay $10,000 or more. I don’t get paid any specific amount to get up each morning but I like to think that in some way life has been paying me in experiences all along. I’m saving it all up, and collecting interest on it each time I take inspiration from it and utilize in my work and relationships.
But that’s just what I like to think, I wake up to live.