Day 360 – Early Mornings
I am getting back into my old routine of going to the gym before work, and that means getting up really early. As I mentioned before, I have started going to the gym close to work, and I have to say it’s nicer to drive the 405 through Orange County at 5:30 AM when there are fewer cars on the road and traffic moves freeway speeds the whole way. It starts my day with much less frustration and adrenaline. That’s a good thing.
But more important than easy traffic is the quiet. Granted, it’s nice to hear the birds chirping before humans wake up, but they aren’t awake yet either at 4:00 AM when my first alarm goes off. Instead, it’s just quiet. Soon, I hear the coffee pot gurgling (and I’d like to personally thank the person who came up with the idea of putting a timer inside a coffee maker) and begin to think about getting my feet back on the floor. Mind you, I am only thinking about it until I hear the coffee maker finish brewing – I have no intention of getting out of bed until it is done.
I can move slowly when I’m up early; nothing is pressing me to think or act quickly. I can take my time – turn on the computer if I want (or not), and figure out what I will wear (which takes entirely too long – sometimes I wish we had uniforms). I know it takes me about 90 minutes from the first alarm to locking the front door behind me – more than it takes most of my friends – but it’s what I need, and I have nothing that keeps me from doing what I need in the quiet of the morning before anyone else is up.