16 hours ago
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I'm not a morning person. Mornings are for snuggling closer under the covers and hitting the snooze button ... 5 or 6 times. I think dawn makes a better end to the day than a beginning. But the sad fact is, the world is a morning person's world. And I daydream of being a morning person who gets up and does sun salutations as the sun rises, someone who can bake a loaf of bread before heading to work, a woman who can fit in running 20 miles a week because she's up and out with the birds (especially during hot Texas summers).
But nights are so wonderful, too. Quiet, calm. I've had a whole day to think and let ideas simmer, and I get creative surges while others sleep. I love night runs, glancing in people's (open and lighted and from the sidewalk -- I'm not creepy) windows as they relax before bed. I like tidying up before I go to bed. No matter how tired I am, I tend to force myself to stay awake just for the sake of it, reading or sewing sometimes until 2 or 3 in the morning.
Every now and then, I resolve to get up earlier. "Just 15 minutes earlier," I say to myself. Or, "I'll just hit snooze 4 times instead of 5." It sometimes lasts a couple of days, sometimes doesn't even stick until morning, but I try. I'm going to try it tomorrow, and see how it goes. I'd love to have quiet time before the world wakes up to work on the sweater I'm knitting, or design a new tea towel, or just read a book (although I've learned that's dangerous and can make me later to work than oversleeping). Besides, you can drink more coffee if you get up earlier.
We'll see how it lasts. Is it possible to become a morning person, or am I out of luck? Are you a night owl or an early bird?