time changeWhile I’ve always considered myself a morning person, that label comes with a fundamental requirement — that the dawn is actually in the process of unfolding. So you can understand why lately, with the days shrinking and the darkness expanding, my mornings have become a chore.

My brain tells me it’s unnatural to drag my butt out of bed when it’s dark outside. I just can’t do it without a lot of struggle and sluggishness.

I’m considering buying a clock that simulates the breaking dawn. I’d like to find a dawn simulator that comes with birds chirping. That would be great if my brain actually bought into such fakery. Still, there’s the possibility that I’m so hard-wired to the natural rotation of the earth that nothing will change.

Strategic reassessment.

Add to my chirping dawn simulator a pre-programmed coffee maker. Nothing like waking up to the smell of good strong Java. Maybe I need some disco music playing in the background, and a spinning disco ball to get me all excited about the day ahead. How about I add to this scenario, a personal trainer who looks like Noah Neiman or Chris Ryan or Shaun Thompson.

Uh oh. I think I just created a three-ring circus which feels a bit overwhelming first thing in the morning.

I wouldn’t want to wake up at 6:00 am and have a meltdown at 6:05.

Strategic reassessment.

We move the clocks back on Sunday, which means that instead of twilight occurring at 7:25 in the morning, there will be some light on the road when I’m driving Ryan to his wrestling practice at 6:25. That feels a little better.

Maybe I don’t need that chirping dawn simulator after all.

And I think I’ll scratch the disco music and my fantasy fitness trainer.

But I will start pre-programming the coffee maker and that, along with the Sunday time change, should make things better.

I guess only time will tell!

What do you do to get through the short days and long nights?

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