I’ve never been a morning person. If someone tried to force me out of bed, I’d be pissed. Then I’d be irritable and on edge the rest of the morning (maybe even day).
On the other hand, if it was up to me to get myself up earlier than I normally would, I’d just hit SNOOZE… and keep hitting snooze until, of course, I’d take the few seconds to rationalize why I should just turn the alarm off altogether.
Staying in bed always seemed like the better option—especially in the winter months when it’s literally freezing, and the thought of being on the other side of my comforter was completely ridiculous.
Of course, there have been those days that required me to get up early. And you know what I discovered?
… getting up early was kind of awesome.
You could have coffee alone without children bothering you. You could get to work without traffic and then somehow the day would go by faster. You could knock several things off of your to-do list without batting an eye.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a respect for the early morning hours. There’s something about that blue-ish light that peeks through the blinds covering the kitchen walls and shining hope on the day. It just hits differently.
Sunday mornings, in particular, hold a special place in my heart. Music plays a big part in that, though. And no, not because of Lionel Ritchie. Carole King actually got to me first. Although Ani DiFranco’s “Sunday Morning” and Wilco’s “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)” evoke the right feels for a Sunday morning, Carole’s “I Feel The Earth Move” is the ultimate Sunday morning song for me (for no real logical reason at all. Probably because it represents that point in the morning when you finally get up, get dressed, and get your day started.
So after nearly 40 years, I think I’m ready to admit that mornings might be my favorite time of day. And it occurred to me the other day, while watching The Last of Us (don’t ask me why), that if it’s my favorite time of day, then why don’t I make it last as long as possible?
How does one simply extend the morning? Well, it’s the same way you add more time to your day…
You get up earlier! Duh. It’s not a trick question and it’s not rocket science.
(OR you could acknowledge that time isn’t real and whatever you want to do can be done regardless of what the clock says. 🤷)
So, I’m going to do it. I’m going to get up early. EVERY MORNING. And I’m not just going to TRY; I’m just going to get it done.
I’m going to be a morning person!
Tomorrow, I’m waking up at 5:30 a.m. I figure it’s not stupid-early, and will still give me enough time to make the morning count. 😀
I’ll let you know how it goes…