joining up with Kate and others to write for FIVE minutes on a topic that we each get to ponder on for a bit and then write unedited. its always so great to see what the prompt brings out in others. love to delve into this five minute glimpse of life.
I used to be a morning person. Perhaps there are glimpses there sometimes. But its harder then it used to be to get my head off the pillow in the morning when my alarm goes off. I have often worked morning shifts at Starbucks for the last several years, which have alternated from me being there between 5am and 6am. Sometimes I’ve lived two minutes away, other times 15 minutes so that dictates when I have to get up. I’ve got it down to being able to sleep for at least three 5 minutes snoozes before I drag myself out of my warm bed and get on with things.
It takes me awhile but when I put that apron on i’m usually awake enough that I can fake that I’ve been up and at ’em for awhile and am geared up to go. If i start too early I don’t get to have any coffee or other caffeine until my break…so that’s always a little bit fun. I mean I’ve driven across the city to get there so i’m not too out of it (i hope) but it does take a bit to get to that first break. Thankfully I’ve done it enough that most of the tasks are second nature to me.
However, I can definitely get up and at em more than I can continue to perform well after a certain part of the evening. I have done alright with maintaining stamina in the past couple years (though I don’t close too much) but in my first months with the company I could feel my body starting to shut down and my stamina starting to drain at a certain point every night. I’ve always been pretty good at adapting though..so I’ve gotten through.
The one thing that I don’t do well with though. Time changes. When I went to France we flew overseas in the middle of the night. I think that in the 10 hours that we were flying i may have dozed off for an hour. By the time I reached my destination I was exhausted but they knew that if we slept we’d never get on schedule so we all stayed up until it was a legitimate bedtime and then crashed. I don’t remember (because it was so long ago) whether I had a similar experience trying to get back onto the Canadian schedule when i returned.
I just recently traveled west to attend my brothers wedding. I believe the time difference in three hours. wow. did that ever get me. I think i was able to jump into it there, but coming home and losing that time totally threw me off. took me about a week to try to get some semblance of a sleep schedule back. I’ve never really had a schedule because my availability is pretty open so i can be required to work at any part of the day from 5am to 11pm. I’m so thankful for the days that I’m able to sleep in and just take life slow. those are the days were morning feels like its ‘meant’ to be