I am a night owl living in a world of morning larks. I've grown up hearing all the "morning bird gets the worm" metaphors I can stand. I hate mornings. I'm useless until around 11am. And I'm finally OK with that after reading some encouraging words and scientific proof that I'm not damaged.
I don't believe that my whole day is a waste, or that I'll never be successful if I don't jump on tasks before lunch time.
To be fair, I've tried getting up early for years. Even after having a child, I just can't do it. I lay in bed stressed out about getting to sleep so I can wake up early, and ended up losing more and more sleep and just dragging every. single. day.
I thought there was something wrong with me, and that my low energy was some sort of hormonal issue.
But then COVID hit, and I didn't have to be anywhere early. I could roll out of bed for an early meeting, and then roll right back into bed and still get all my work done later. I was happier and full of more energy than I've been since I was 30 (I'm 44 now). It could have also been that I'm an introvert, and not having to interact with people all day meant that my energy reserves were still high at the end of the day. I fell in love with nights, and was high on my new found energy. Now I'm on a mission to find a job where I can continue to do this for as long as I want to.
Teaching is wonderful, and so fulfilling and fun, but the hours and pay are grueling. There has to be a better way. I'm inspired to revamp my offerings to include more virtual and subscriber content, which also means I can offer more wonder to more people, anywhere in the world. So stay tuned!
My spirit animal has always been a spider, but I think owls are calling me now...
Symbolic meanings for the owl are: