Why I’m not a morning person, why I’ll never be one and why I’m cool with it.
I am not a morning person. No sugar coating it. If you are a morning person God bless you, because until I’ve had my fifth cup of coffee my mind is still wishing I was in bed sleeping in late. I’m sure there is some explanation or a surpressed childhood memory that has wired me to hating waking up earlier than I need to but I’m not Malcom Gladwell and I don’t intend on trying to dissect the reasoning.
But I want to touch on it because it is so interesting to me why I am the way I am about the morning. Obviously I’m not the only one. Again, I’m not about to make a conscious effort to provide actual facts and numbers out there but there’s a ton of people like me, and I’m sure you’re reading this like man I get it (maybe not, whatever).
My wife is a morning person. Sometimes I’m jealous, sometimes I’m still sleeping. She’s the type of morning person to wake up 4 hours before work, do a ton of productive stuff then go to work having already feeling accomplished. It’s crazy, who wakes up 4 hours before they have to leave for work? 30 minutes max for this guy.
To clarify, I love the morning. You’re probably thinking what are you talking about? You are writing this talking about how you hate the mornings. No, I actually love the mornings for shooting. I would shoot a sunrise over a sunset any day. Especially this time of year when the fog starts in the morning with the sunlight blasting through it creating laser beams of sunlight scattered across the ground, its beautiful - getting there is what I hate.
Facts about my relationship with the morning:
1.) My alarm clock makes me cringe.
No matter what ring tone I use to wake up to I eventually loathe. This is probably why I don’t use a song to wake up to. Last thing I want to be is conditioned to have anxiety when I hear Brass Monkey come on the radio.
2.) Leaving my extremely comfortable and warm bed is depressing.
No joke, a few months ago my wife won a brand new euro top king size mattress from Gardner White on Fox 2 Detroit (true story). This mattress is like sleeping on a friggin cloud. Obviously exiting this cushion of ecstasy in the morning is daunting. If it’s the Winter forget about it, I’m sleeping in it’s too cold out there.
3.) Waking my dog up is rude.
He weighs 11 pounds. There is a possibility that my son will be born and weigh more than him in a few months. But my dog will strategically move from his normal sleeping spot, blindside me and lay, calculated, in a formation that would force me to physically move him out of the way. But he’s sleeping so I don’t want to wake him up.
4.) My wife.
Nevermind, she’s a morning person.
4.1.) Theres nothing good out there in the world.
Its a scary place.
5.) Too cold outside of the sheets.
Reasons I should be a morning person:
1.) Shooting during sunrise is pretty gnarly
I get some of my best work done at night. There is something comforting about the nighttime, it’s a completely different atmosphere. After purging the days stresses out in the evening, as night approaches I get a second wind. I am not a morning person because I like the feeling of being awake while everyone is sleeping, it’s collective time to myself that I definitely thrive on. I’ll never be a morning person because it’s just not the type of person I am. Not to say I don’t or won’t wake up earlier than needed but it is not something I plan on ingraining into my routine. If you’re reading this and you’re thinking that for whatever reason you have to learn how to be a morning person I would say that it’s okay not to be, it’s ok to be cool with the fact that you hate when your alarm clock goes off any earlier than you want to get up. It’s cool that you don’t want to talk to anyone until you’re fifth cup of coffee. Just flex your allotted time and use the evening for productivity. Or sleep. Whatever you want to do.
Oh, I forced myself out of bed the other morning and shot, full set is below.
Enjoy your coffee.