It’s 9:15am and so far I have showered, put on my face, dressed, drove my daughter to camp, dropped my car off for service, walked to a neighbourhood greasy spoon for a real breakfast and am now sitting on the patio of the local Starbucks, enjoying my Chai tea latte. Life is good!
The reason for my opening paragraph… I’m so not a morning person, never have been! I’ve had to be up early over the last two weeks to drop my daughter to volunteer at camp and I’m pleasantly surprised about how good it feels to be outside in the cool morning sun! One day last week I had dropped my daughter off, gone for a workout, done grocery shopping, had breakfast, showered and dressed then taken my son to buy a birthday present for his sister and it was only 11:00am when we were done. All of my life I have been a night owl but over the last couple of years I’m really having trouble sleeping, usually not falling asleep till the wee hours of the morning. It’s reminding me of how sleep deprived I was for years when my kids were little. I remember that almost debilitating feeling of putting one foot in front of the other trying to stay on my feet. Then there was the task of driving and really having no recollection of how I got from point A to point B! That feeling of being asleep before your head even hit the pillow… hope I’m bringing back memories for some of you and reminding you of the fact that you survived, you did it and are here to tell the tale.
The fact that now most nights I have insomnia and the fact that I have actually been enjoying my last two weeks of mornings has me thinking that maybe it’s time to make that change. I do seem to have been more productive these last mornings. I go to the gym in the morning, walk my dogs in the morning when it’s cooler. I can water my grass and go grocery shopping as its way less busy, therefore takes less time. Then I can get my work done in the remaining hours before its time for dinner and my kids returning home. Any evening activities which they have seem to be ending by around 9:30pm. So by the time 10:30 or 11pm rolls around I’m pretty bagged… something which is a new feeling for me again. I seem to always have way too much energy, so I’m liking the fact that tiredness is hitting me at night… I have in fact slept pretty well the last few nights.
But alas! I now remember it’s not going to last! Hockey season starts September and ends in April and both kids play a ton of hockey. Now since they are adolescents their games are the late games, 10pm or later! Which means after I wait for them to dress and drive them home, it’s close to midnight if not later depending on how far we had to drive. So for the rest of the summer I will try to enjoy my mornings and my most productive days till my sense of reality slaps me on the face again. Not sure I want to be up bright and early on those frigid cold winter mornings anyway.