Being a Morning Person

Lura Zerick

When I was young, I hadn’t heard the term ‘morning person’. I just knew that there were things I had to do so I got out of bed and did them. Now I know that a ‘morning person’  indicates one who prefers to get  chores finished as early as possible.

Being a morning person has advantages AND disadvantages. I am a morning person; by 7:00 A.M. I have a laundry going, e-mail checked with replies, glance at Facebook, waste baskets emptied, front porch swept and items out to prepare supper.

Those who aren’t morning people might have arisen, done what must be done and gone back to bed — all with one eye closed.  Saying ‘good morning’ to them might bring a glare which says, ‘leave me alone!’   We morning people learn to understand – and we love them anyway. We even tippy-toe while doing our thing, so we don’t awaken them, in case it isn’t necessary for them to rise and shine. Actually, they don’t ‘shine’ until about 1:00 P.M., when it is time for morning people to have an afternoon nap.

It is more inconvenient if these are guests – and must sleep on the pull-out sofa – in the middle of, or very near, the place where we morning people must do our necessary things, such as put dishes away. We make noise which often cannot be avoided.  We might think, ‘get up already! It’s time for lunch!’ but we say nothing as we go into another room, shaking our heads.

Look at other advantages of being a morning person. When I have finished my ‘must-do’ chores, I am FREE TO READ for several hours!  Actually, I am going to READ if nothing gets done…even with dirty dishes in the sink. I have heard many say, ‘I don’t have time to read.’ Since reading is one of my favorite things to do, I will MAKE TIME to read.

SO, I am glad that I can finish the chores that must be done in order to do other things that I consider necessary. That ‘thing’ is to decide which book to read next.  Aside from the books I buy, I get five books each week from the library. If I seem in a rush to do what must be done as in housework,  fill dishwasher, prepare meals, fold laundry, etc., it is because I am in a hurry to get to my reading.

OR, if I am not reading, I am WRITING, as I work on various manuscripts of books or freelance articles. At 82, my days are full and I am a happy great-grandmother. Of course, I also must remember the birthdays of 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grands. I believe birthdays are very special and must be acknowledged with love.

As I go toward tomorrow, my mind is active and my health is good. I am blessed beyond words in being able to do what is necessary – for myself and loved ones around me. I am very grateful…even glad that I am a morning person who can enjoy a sense of achievement as I enjoy my ‘later years’. By the way, my third book, GETTING OLDER AND ENJOYING IT! Will be followed by another book about aging, LIVING OUR LATER YEARS. The manuscript is almost finished; this is one of several that I am working on.

Whether or not you are a morning person, I hope that you can enjoy doing the things that are most important to you.



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