You don't have to be a morning person
I can say with a certain element of pride, that I’m never going to be someone that gets up at 6am to meditate and really embrace the new day. Now, I’ve seen my fair share of instagram pictures of nutritious smoothies, and read about the rituals of the zen and famous.
You know the ones I’m talking about - getting up at 4am to practice mindfulness and do a spot of morning yoga.
Now, I’ve got no problem with that - I’m of the party that believes that if it works for you, that’s amazing.
But I do think sometimes, it can be a bit guilt inducing, whether it’s meant or not.
And I do think that it is mostly unintentional. It’s just people who’ve found something that’s rocking their life sharing it to help others.
But sometimes, it can just leave the rest of us feeling a bit urghh.
It’s the idea that if you do X then you become a better person. If you can’t do X or you don’t make time for it, then you’re not dedicated enough, invested enough, good enough.
Usually, I think it’s our patterns and our stuff coming up.
Why can’t I do that. I’m secretly jealous but I’m not going to show it so I’m just going to get annoyed.
And I’m here to shut that down.
Damn, I love the idea of getting up early and greeting the new day with a spot of peace and nice candles, but going on my life experience, and knowing myself the way I do, I know it’s not going to happen.
Instead, I’m more of an owl, burning the midnight oil. I appreciate the evenings, and staying up late.
For me, I know that’s when I’m my most creative and inspired. And I know that’s also when I do my best work. And when I get my ideas that are just crazy enough that I think they might work.
And that’s the point.
It’s about finding something that works for you, not anyone else.
You know yourself better than anyone, and there are already enough hitting sticks in the world making us feel bad and making us feel like we’re not good enough. We don’t need something else to beat ourselves up over.
So instead of feeling bad, focusing on nourishing and cultivating your own best time of the day.
Use it to do things that make you feel good and feel inspired. Use it to achieve that feeling that anything is possible.
Use it to get through the day, or the next day.
Whether it’s night or day, or stupid o’clock in the morning, make it something you look forward to.
Are you a morning person or more of a night owl? I'd love to hear about what works for you in the comments!