I feel like there is a lot of disdain for people brave enough to announce they are a “morning person”. People sigh, roll their eyes and inform such people they’re crazy, then whisper behind their backs about how annoyingly perky these morning people are first thing in the morning while coworkers or spouses are still nursing coffees and fighting contact lenses into gluey eyes. This can be seen in the sheer number of cartoons/expressions about being a morning person.
Why don’t we have this same reaction when people announce “I’m a night owl”? Somehow no one holds any bitterness towards these people, who are most productive at night and stay up ’til all hours, eliminating any possibility of becoming a “morning person”.
Really, the whole term “morning person” is kind of ridiculous – we’re all designed to need sleep and to get up in the morning, so really, we’re all “morning people”, whether we like it or not. Not “doing” mornings really isn’t an option, folks.
I think these disdainful night people just secretly wish they were morning people. Morning people seem to genuinely look forward to a new day or week and are happy to see people and ready to interact the moment they make contact. These people seem to have a jump on the day ahead, have better hair days, more coordinated clothes, dinner in the slow cooker before they leave for work, and fresh breath, all things non-morning people wish they had.
I don’t hate morning people. Maybe because some days I am that morning person, who is just thankful to be alive and healthy, enjoying the fresh morning air that not too many people are breathing yet. I love that feeling. Other days I am definitely that night person, grumbling jealously about morning people but also gloating in my late-night productivity and taking gloomy pride in the bags under my eyes. But if I could choose one, I would definitely opt to be a morning person every single day.
Maybe having kids causes you to look at it differently – kids are the most enthusiastic “morning people” you will ever meet, and they can also be pretty determined night owls. If you have a baby and a toddler, you know exactly what I mean – a fresh little face with wide eyes stares you awake, wanting you to play at 6 a.m., oblivious to the fact that another fresh little face wanted to eat at 3 a.m. and play at 4:30 a.m. Time to become a morning person and a night person, and fast, if you want to survive.
I like morning people and night people. The ones I can’t stand are “midday people”. Really? Who has energy at midday? I would happily sleep through the 12:30-2:30 portion of every day, regrouping from my morning person enthusiasm and winding up for some serious night owl productivity. Siestas really are the way to go. If you’re going to sneer at anybody, leave the morning people alone and save it for the midday people – then again, maybe that has to do with having kids who nap at midday…
Either way, morning people are good people. Let them brighten your day!
Irene Helder says
Awesome writing, Anna! My attitude has always been terrible in the morning….made me think. Miss you!
Barefeet In The Kitchen says
From one morning person to another, have an AWESOME day!! Your cartoons made me grin.