Well. They say, you cannot win every battle in life. Hmm… now that I am rethinking, I do not think anyone said that you cannot win every battle. Rather, the saying is — Some battles are not worth fighting. If we would like to reach workplace by 8am, we should leave home by 7am given that there are three schools on our way. Yes, planning the route to avoid school zones is a good idea. In our case, the minimum number of schools one our way to work is three. Anyway, if we would like to get out of our home by 7am, we should wake up at 6am. Given that we would like to get the ball rolling before Dear Son wakes up, that 6am shifts to 5:30am. 🙂 That is, 5:30am should be a good time to wake up to make sure that we reach work at 8am.
Where was I? Oh, the battle thingy… Trust me on this. The battle of being a morning person is worth fighting. Now, why would someone want to be a morning person, unless absolutely necessary? Isn’t it better to be around the comfy pillows and blanket a little longer? It sounds tempting but not satisfying. Yes, Satisfaction is something that we seek throughout our lives. I know some of you will laugh, hearing that I consider waking up at 5:30am to 6am early morning. I know many successful (and satisfied) people who start their day at 4am. The answer to why I would like to continue the battle to be a morning-er person is pretty simple. That satisfies me. Why and how that satisfies me is as follows.
More time with my family
Morning is a ritual time. In many culture, people start the day with morning rituals. I feel that waking up early in the morning, preparing for work, helping Dear Wife by appreciating the breakfast she puts on the table, and helping Dear Son eat his breakfast (which is sometimes another struggle, by the way), are all a ritual to me.
I remember that morning was longer when I was a child. 🙂 Many memories surround the breakfast table and the kitchen. In some weekend-mornings, even before the breakfast time, Grandpa and Grandma showed up without any prior notice. Those surprise-weekend visits were the best. Now that I can think about this because my brain is more functional than it was as a child many years ago, I realize that my grandparents had to wake up very early in the morning to travel a few hours to visit us. They made the best utilization of their effort and time to visit us by waking up early in the morning, which gave me and my siblings some of our finest memories. I want to spend more of my fresh-times with my family. That satisfies me. 🙂
No feeling of being rushed and overworked
I do not want to be a person who is always absent or late in meetings. I do not want to be that person who looks always rushed and overworked. Many people look rushed and overworked not because they do not wake up early in the morning but because they are given too much work that they cannot finish on time. I am not taking about the real cases where people are overworked due to workload. I am talking about those cases where people look overworked because they started the day late. I want to make sure that I have the time for coffee-breaks when I am at work. I would like to go for lunch a few days every week with my colleagues but still would get all my work done on time. Yes, there may be project deadlines in some weeks making it hard to find extra time for a group lunch outside the office. Yet, I would like to manage a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee and chat with a few colleagues in those weeks.
If I start my day early, I can manage to keep my image to myself as a well-in-control and unrushed person. That makes me happy. That makes me satisfied. 🙂
Stated in a study by American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Morning-students have better grades in college. Haha… obvious. It is hard to study during play times. Of course, daily play time can become a little longer in college. The key is just the quiet time of my own and that would be the morning time.
No one relies on a person whom the question to ask is — will you be able to wake up to give me a ride to the doctor’s office at 8am? People relies on a person whom the question to ask is — will you have time to give me a ride to the doctor’s office at 8am? People will not rely on me if I am in deep sleep when they need me the most, which would be the daytime. I want to be reliable. I want to help people around me because that makes me happy. To achieve that happiness, I need to wakeup when the world is waking up.
Mental and emotional boost
When I try to remember the faces of my college-friends — some faces appear in mind as neat, some faces are tired, some faces are nervous, and some faces are careless. The faces of those friends who woke up early in the morning appear as calm, quiet, and thoughtful. I think, they started to gain their wisdom earlier than many kids. Many times, I got great advice from my quiet and calm friends. By the way, I was not a morning person while I was in college. I did not do parties either. I was just that kid who had to achieve the highest grade in the class, even if that took several sleepless nights every week.
Where was I? Oh yes, mental and emotional boost. We can have a mental and emotional boost by waking up early in the morning and having a little exercise. Early birds have more time to think; they have more of quiet time to plan their day; they fall under that group of people who are known to possess a calm personality. They are not easily stressed out, especially because their plans are stronger and backed up by risk-mitigation ideas. That is all possible because they have more of quiet-time to think. I do not want to be a stressed out person. Not being a stressed out person satisfies me. 🙂
Better situational awareness, safety, and alerts
Have you ever seen people driving and texting. Duh! Where do you think the phrase “Don’t Text & Drive” comes from? Lately, I have seen too many cases of text-and-drive and get into an accident. Why do people text and drive? Because they do not have enough time to text before they get into the car. Why don’t people just call instead of texting? Why don’t people use bluetooth to call, if calling is really really essential when they are driving? If texting is necessary people should pull over. Oh, I forgot. People who text and drive do not have much time to pull over. Right? If people do not have time why don’t they wake up early?
People who are calm and quiet are better observers than nervous people. Observant people are more aware about the surroundings and situations. I have seen many people driving without looking through the front windshield. I have seen people tying a tie-knot while driving. I have seen people driving while doing a makeup. I get it… they did not get enough time in the morning to prepare but hey, how about waking up ten minutes earlier to tie the knot or to get the makeups done and save one or two lives everyday?
I do not want to text and drive. I do not want to eat my breakfast and drive. I do not want to use my phone while I drive. I do not want to do these because these multitaskings do NOT make me happy. For the safety of the people around me, for the people who are driving around me, for the safety of my family, I would wakeup early and I would expect that people who drive recklessly in the morning because they started the day late should give a serious thought about taking a look at the children on board in the vehicles surrounding them.
Settle in El Paso team
Note: There are many professions including law enforcement, security, care giving, rescue, and media, that may require working at night shifts. Kudos to everyone who work day and night, put their lives in danger for the safety of others, and make the society more beautiful.