I recently saw this TikTok where a girl was showing her daily routine and it made me think about the way I plan my days. She was talking about how nice it felt to wake up at six in the morning, go to the gym, make breakfast and go to work. My mornings usually consist of snoozing my alarm so many times that I wake up thirty minutes before I need to leave my house. I spend those full thirty minutes in stress, trying to get ready, and in the process forget to do half the things I was supposed to do.
I am definitely not sharing this because of pride. Every time I realize I forgot my wallet yet again because I only had 2 seconds to pack my bag, pride is the last thing I feel. I am only sharing this because I think quite some people can relate. And don’t worry all my morning people, I am not coming for your asses. I actually aspire to be more like you. While I love being a night owl, I also learned the hard way that the joy of stargazing until 4 am never outweighs the harshness that reality bestows upon me a mere 3 hours later with the tune of hell, aka my alarm.
The main reason I want to be more of a morning person is the fact that you can actually do something with your day. I am sorry to say but our moms really were right when they stormed into our rooms at 10 on a Saturday saying that we are wasting the day…or maybe that was just me. Obviously I am not going to wake up early everyday, I am a woman of reason after all. However, I do know for a fact that having more time in the mornings to start up easily, would be lovely. Not just that, but also the fact that I would be able to do so much more with my time.
Right now, I just spend my days doing all the things that I have to do, meaning that this schedule leaves me with hardly any time to do the things I want to do. My whole week is filled with obligations. Of course I spend time doing things just for fun to wind down or just because, like hanging out with friends. I still feel like it would be a benefit to my life if I had time that I wouldn’t have to spend on anyone else other than me.
Thinking about this made me realize why I love the evenings so much. It is completely quiet, no one is going to text you, call you, no deadlines to meet or people to talk to. I can do whatever I want because the world stops moving. I can assume that morning people might feel this way about the early hours. The couple of times where I started my day early and took my time getting ready, I noticed that I enjoyed it almost as much as the late evenings. It’s the idea that you get to do anything you want before starting with your everyday duties. Unlike the evenings, you are accompanied by the sun, singing birds and the sound of the city waking up.
I know myself well enough to speculate that I will in fact not become a morning person anytime soon, but I do think that prioritizing at least an hour a day of personal time should be on the top of the to-do list for everyone. Even if you are stressed and have a billion deadlines, you always got the other 23 hours to worry about those.
Author: Gauri Ghisai
Editor: Phoebe Elliott
Visuals by: Magali Meijers