One whole week, y’all! Thanks for sticking with me so far! And thanks to the bloggers who have taken up the QotD with me. It makes me happy when people play along. ^_^ Once I get the prompt generator site up and running, I’ll point y’all to it. Right now, it’s just a work in progress on my desktop. I get the prompt, take a screenshot and post it here for y’all to see. At first I was tempted to get a “better” prompt, then I said, “No, you challenged yourself to write about the prompt it picked” so that’s what I’m doing, even if I can’t think of anything to say (like the first day) because that’s the point of the challenge, right? If I only wrote about the things that were easy, it wouldn’t be a challenge. Duh. ^_^ Anyway, on to the question for today, which isn’t that difficult for me to write about.
People talk all of the time about how they’re either a morning person or they’re a night owl. Like, Doug is a quintessential night owl. He goes to bed well into the wee hours of the morning and it takes forever for him to wake up. If he had his druthers, he would wake up well into the afternoon. I know and understand how night owls work because I often worked swing shift — from around 3 PM to about 11 PM depending on the company — and I sometimes worked the graveyard shift if there was on — from around 11 PM to about 8 AM depending on the company. Not because I’m a night owl, mind you, but because there’s usually fewer people on either of those shifts. I don’t work well with people, and the fewer of them around me, the happier I am. But that means I usually had the schedule of a night owl, and I’m okay with that. So I understand my husband’s schedule, I really do. Except he doesn’t work either of those shifts. He has a basic 9-5 job and it’s rough for him in the mornings. On the weekends, he’ll sleep in until noon, because that’s what his body wants to do. Actually, he *wants* to sleep in until 2pm but then the day is gone and I’m miffed because he’s basically wasted it in bed. Even though I know he’s a night owl and that’s how their bodies work. Still… knowing something and not being emotionally affected by it are two different things.
Anyway, back to the question. I don’t think that one has to be either a night or a morning person. Yes, one can be either or, as I talked about above. But I’m neither. I’m both? Maybe. I can stay up until way after midnight and still get up at six in the morning and I’m fine. I don’t have a problem getting out of bed. Any time I have difficulties waking up, then I’m sick. No questions about it. If I can’t get out of bed in the morning, I’m ill. Period. Full Stop. Every other day, my eyes are open, I assess my aches and pains, and I’m up. It may take me a minute or two to get up, because I’m not getting any younger, but I’m up. I may still be tired, but that’s due to fatigue and nothing else. I have tried everything in the world to get rid of my fatigue, but yeah… that’s a different story. If I wake up tired, I know that going back to sleep ain’t gonna do nothing but give me a headache, so out of bed I git.
Even before all of my maladies, I’ve been both a night owl and a morning person. Is it a lark? I dunno. Let me look that up. (goes to google) It’s an early bird. duh. Or a lark. It can be both. So I’ve been both. I’ve never been one to get up at, like four in the morning to go to the beach and watch the sun rise. Not because I don’t like getting up in the early hours, but because it’s way too much trouble to get out of my nice, comfy bed to go to the beach and watch the sun rise. I mean, the sun rises every day, right? Yeah, it’s pretty, but it’s comfortable here. I’ll read a book instead. There are all kinds of people in this world, dear reader, I don’t think we need to fit ourselves into categories in order to define who or what we are. I’m neither a night owl nor a morning person. Just because I go to bed after midnight and get up with the light of the sun doesn’t mean I have to be one or the other. And I’m okay with that.