3 Jul
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Night Owl Learning to Like Mornings…Maybe

early morning sun seen over treetops

I was pulling on running shoes at 5 a.m. today and well into an over 4-mile hike by 5:30…in the morning.

I am a night owl, more accustomed to moon watching than sunrises. My second wind, more like third wind, for the day hits around 10 p.m. I take care of little things I didn’t get to during the day, open a book I don’t have to read out loud or enjoy the quiet of the house with my husband. Most nights you’ll find Craig and I sitting near each other working on his and her computers while discussing a myriad of topics.

sun beginning to color the early morning sky

I do not enjoy waking up in the morning. In a perfect world, I would turn in at night around midnight and wake up at 8 a.m. This is not the world I live in. During the school year, I’m up around 6 a.m. but summer pushes that closer to 7 a.m. I’m grateful to have children who have mastered the art of sleeping. Our tween would list sleep among his top three favorite things to do.

I’m difficult to schedule anything with. A friend and I hadn’t been able to connect. The consistently open spot in my schedule is when I’m sleeping, so early Wednesday morning hikes became part of the schedule.

sun beginning to illuminate the town as seen from mounatin trail

The night before an early morning, when I’m staying up too late for a 5 a.m. wake-up, I start to brainstorm ways out of the hike. I never send the text saying I won’t make it. My self-imposed guilt connected to my need to please people would be too much to bear if I backed out. Accountability is a strong motivator.

Sun shining on the town view from the mountain trail

I find myself wishing I was a morning person each time I’m out in town before the sun has fully greeted the day. I counted more antelope than cars on the road this morning. I watched the sun slowly rise and saw the town and wilderness come alive. Birds and a gentle rustling of leaves accompanied us as we trekked up and down a mountain. It was invigorating to start the day with a positive spin. Last night I was plotting ways to sneak a nap into today. Now I’m ready to tackle the to-do list for this 4th of July weekend. The first item needing crossed off…make coffee.

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