I have never been a morning person. I've tried - truly, I have. Back when I used to actually work out, I tried getting up early and working out then, but usually ended up just tripping over stuff - like my feet. I've tried getting up early to meditate, and that just makes me go back to sleep. I've tried to make time for working on art in the mornings, and that actually succeeds when I wake up full of ideas & energy & relaxation from a great night's sleep, but that means weekends only, and not every weekend. And then the other morning I read this wonderful, wonderful post by Jaime over at A Map of My Planet. She talked about this incredible mountain she climbs almost every morning (that sounds kind of like a life lesson in itself, doesn't it?) & posted gorgeous photos & she can even see the sea at a certain point (I assume the top - the end of the trail, if in fact there is an end of the trail; I like to think it just wanders around & goes on & on) and I was just enchanted! I don't have anything like that near me - the anklet shown above is the closest I get to an ocean during the day, although it now occurs to me that freshwater pearls don't come from the ocean - :( - and there are certainly no mountains near here, but surely I can get out & move, can't I? Surely, I'm thinking, I can do something to start the day off easier. The first step, I'm sure, is to not turn on the t.v., but even that idea sounds troublesome. (Not because I'd miss the news or the latest HGTV decorating fiascos, but because it actually helps me wake up.) But I'm gonna try. We'll see how it goes. I'd like to not be late every morning.
Although . . . when I look at this photo, it occurs to me that it could be worse. I have a job that allows me to wear flip-flops & rolled up jeans & a t-shirt. I have a cat who says good-bye to me at home & another who is thrilled to see me when I get to work. I have a neighborhood coffee shop where I can buy muffins & cokes ( no coffee for me, thank you). I have no one waiting for me when I do unlock the door & open the business, and no other co-workers for an hour or two. It's quiet. It's peaceful.
But still, we'll see. More quiet & more peacefulness would not be a bad thing.