Getting up before 5 am kinda sucks. I know there are people out there do it all the time. Honestly, it’s not that bad for me. I survive and usually, I do it with minimal bitching. Getting up early though has always brought back memories when I was a kid.
Flashback to the 90s, you know, back when I stole my mom’s Discover card to get dial-up internet, my dad had to be at work early in the morning. If I’m not mistaken, it was about 6:00 or 6:30 am when he had to be at work. I really should know this because I worked with him for a few weeks. (I quit after 2 weeks because I just don’t really do blue collar jobs very well. My job was to scrub machinery with a bucket and brush for 8 hours. I felt so bad for quitting, but I was really miserable. I don’t like working with family. I wouldn’t even work with my partner.)
Anyway, when my dad would get pissed off at my sister or me, he’d wake us up when he’d wake up and make us stay up. He’d go to work, and we’d go back to bed. It made my school day terrible.
When we’d go on road trips (as a family), we’d get up super early and leave. For some reason, my dad was just a morning person.
I did learn from him that if I woke up early in the mornings on my school summer breaks, my summer would seem to last a little longer. It did. I’d usually hear someone leave, then crawl out of bed. The downside of this is that I would go to sleep a lot earlier than most people my age.
Fast forward several years, on vacations, I like to wake up early. It doesn’t matter what I do, but sometimes getting out of bed and not have to rush to do anything is great. I can lay in bed, get up and take a really long shower or something, and it felt pretty great.
I just think I have never really been a guy to sleep until noon. My thinking was that if I got out of bed at 10:00 or after that, I have wasted the day. Then, I end up getting only 15% of what I wanted accomplished done that day.
My partner has a habit of going to sleep around 1-2 am every night, so I end up sleeping by myself a few hours before he goes to bed and I’m usually up 3-4 hours before he is (assuming he doesn’t work). As much as I wish that I could be with someone who gets up early, it just doesn’t happen. It makes going out to the beach for the day really hard because, you know, the 10:00 am rule.
I’m just not really big on sleep, I guess. I DO attempt to get 7-8 hours every night, but these mornings where I have to be at a place an hour and a half way, I end up getting around 5 hours.
Geez, these statistics! I probably should just put it in a chart or something. (Nah.)
Anyway… I’m a morning person by habit but it doesn’t always mean I am a ray of sunshine.