NORMAN — This week I’ve decided to reveal that I’m not much of a morning person. I want to be, but I just don’t think it’s in my DNA.
I’m actually jealous of people who are able to embrace early mornings and make the most of their time. There is something exotic sounding about getting up at 4 a.m. and being a productive person. Earlier in the week, I had a conversation with someone who said they enjoy getting up early, going to the gym, running errands and doing household chores all before going to work. I was quite impressed. Usually I don’t even have the time in the morning to accomplish one of those things. Doing all of those activities would only result in me not coming to work until noon. Maybe later.
Occasionally, I’ll try to be a morning person. I’ll set the alarm. Sometimes my night self will try to trick my morning self and set the alarm a few minutes earlier than I really want to wake up. It never works, by the way.
Then, I tell myself the night before that I’m going to not hit the snooze button. I’m not going to roll over and go back to sleep. All of this dedication might work one morning. Two if I’m lucky. But midway in the week, the night owl in me takes over and totally snuffs out any hopes for the morning me.
Life would be a lot easier if I were a morning person. I’m sure my co-workers would enjoy it, too. It’s usually mid-morning before I come out of my shell and ask them a series of pleasantries. I’d also like to enjoy one of those relaxing, productive mornings instead of my normal running around the house wondering where I put my car keys 10 minutes after I should have already left the house.
But being a night person is not all that bad. And, with the invention of the Internet, staying up all hours of the night is easy when you have so many distractions.
It used to be that us night folk only had the television or a book to occupy those lonely hours. Now we’ve got books on e-readers, endless online videos of kittens and puppies doing cute things, we have movies to watch, there are always emails to send and Facebook statuses to like. You’ve no idea how many hours can be wasted looking at pictures from your best friend’s recent trip to Nebraska.
Everything seems more enjoyable after midnight. That is until the alarm goes off.