"It's at night, when perhaps we should be dreaming, that the mind is most clear, that we are most able to hold all our life in the palm of our skull…” Brian W. Aldiss
As you know by now, I joined Redhead Riter's popular Thursday writing group to write a weekly commentary called: Tell The Truth Thursday. We have all agreed to tackle a question on Thursdays and write truthfully about it. The questions are randomly selected by our very own community leader and maven - Redhead Riter
This week's question is: Are you a morning, afternoon, evening or night time person? Has it changed over the years?
I am a perennial night owl and have always been alert at night.... I often wonder what it would be like to get up early feeling all chirpy and, like a morning glory in full bloom, start my day like all of those morning people but, alas, the night calls me.
Is it insomnia that keeps me up or just my internal clock? I don't know... What I do know is that, as far back as I can remember, I've always enjoyed being up at nighttime. Perhaps, it has something to do with the lessening of worldly distractions and the quiet and steady calm that darkness brings with it. I find that once my household is settled for the day; albeit night, I can concentrate on my creative interests and get some reading under my belt.
My teenage years were different. Even though, of late, I am no longer one for midnight jaunts and crazy cruising; my teens years had such moments. Nighttime was for all the parties, clubs, late movies, and trips to other towns, even countries... and hanging out at friends homes. Oh yes, we partied and took long rides to other towns visiting friends and going out clubbing but that is just one part of the story...
As an adult, my late night indulgences have been more run-of the-mill; reading, watching a late movie, writing and the occasional snack-fest. I seriously do not see eating as a late night event though, sometimes, the urge to overindulge arises when I have a ridiculously tempting piece of cake or a favorite dish around.
"A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." Walt Whitman
Can I function in the daytime? Of course! Night owl, meet Morning Glory... I have always had jobs that required I show up early and stay late. I have been able to make the necessary accommodation at different points in my life to get up early and get to places; airports, work, school, morning chants, appointments and more... In boarding schools and Ashrams, life and the daily routines started quite early and one adjusted accordingly.
I sometimes fantasize about what it would be like to jump out of bed at dawn, bright eyed and bushy tailed, pray, exercise, smell the roses and start my day. The reality is that I roll out of bed to do same and then gradually warm up to the day's events until I am fully integrated into the demands of my surroundings. Its a slow start but I do pick up speed and by 5pm when others are ready to call it a day, I'm ready to take it to phase 2... what a riot!
Another interesting observation is that even from earliest childhood memories, I always loved the early morning sun especially in summertime and enjoyed the blooms of late winter/early spring crocuses. Whenever I had a chance to enjoy both moments, I had a thrill for the morning hour. I also know that for me, getting up in the morning is easier in warm weather than in cold weather. Even when the room is warm, there is something to be said about a cold, slow winter day...
Has it changed? Not really. the only thing I have noticed is that even though I can function on less sleep, I can no longer pull off 24 hour no sleep days. During my college years, during finals week, I could stay up for very long hours studying and still feel functional, but now I do need to get some Zzzees in or it becomes very hard to stay alert during the day. Unfortunately, there is no siesta in the USA so one must rest before hand...
What about You? When do you feel your most alert? Do Share. Thank you!
Night Owl by Aggie01 ~ via PhotoBucket
Morning Glory ~ via Wikipedia
Until Next Time…
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