I Want to Be a Morning Person


It’s true. I want to be the kind of person who gets up and feels rested and connected before starting the day. The difficult thing is that they also have connotations of being no fun at night because they…well, they go to bed at a regular time. That translates into being boring, no fun, “old” and all of those other things I don’t want to be.
So, I’m trying to think about what it means to be a “morning person.” Do I have to be perky? I think being alert is good but being overly chipper is just irritating. I remember that I used to get frustrated because my dad would wake up at like 5:30 (crazy I know) in the morning and get more done before noon than most people did in two days. He’d wake me up by whistling as he assembled shot gun shells or cleaned his gun or made some kind of delicious marinated venison.
But, now that I’m older, I find that the mornings are perhaps the only time a person can get a little peace. It’s also good to make a good start on the day. But, then, what if I start to eat a healthy breakfast!?! I CAN’T DO THAT!!! It would be admitting defeat to being young and caffeinated. I don’t know. I have to figure out some compromises.
Here’s what I’m thinking so far for my change:
1. Go to bed around 10:00 p.m. Get up around 6:00 a.m. (Challenging. Not the going to bed part, that I can do easy. It’s the getting up part that’s hard.)
2. Drink more coffee. I know, I already drink more than human beings should, but it’s something good to look forward to in the morning and gives a little boost.
3. Find alternative to a healthy breakfast.
4. After this daylight savings hoo-haw changes back to normal, take Henson on long, refreshing morning walks. It’s good for both of us!
5. Kick people who pressure me to stay up too late (except on special occasions).