There is something about being up before the sun that excites me. Everything is still and the hustle bustle of the world has yet to start. On my recent trip to Jekyll Island, I made it my mission to watch the sunset and then see it rise the next day. Thanks to an acute sense of hotel insomnia, I had no trouble getting up at 6am!
Like many others, I am not usually up at this hour, thus making me appreciate it that much more! Watching the dawn break is the most magical time – the colors the sky makes are breathtaking. I cherish this alone time with just my camera and nature. You don’t have to compete with crowds because most everyone is fast asleep.
Some of you are probably thinking I am completely nuts and want to enjoy your beauty sleep – I get it! For those who want to see a different view and perspective, to enjoy nature and the still of the morning – do it. If you aren’t into photographing the sunset, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy like a nice long walk, blog/write, or practice yoga.
“According to Laura Vanderkam, author of What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, contends that, in the course of researching dozens of people on how they spend their time, found that most successful people devoted significant portions of their time in the morning to what was most important, or something they loved to do.” -Ray Williams, Psychology Today
The world is busy and filled with noise, traffic, the phone ringing. Take a moment to enjoy the solitude of the morning. Yes, grab your skinny two-pump latte and head out. Appreciate something sacred. The morning might just surprise you and give you a new perspective!
“Those “extra” hours with fewer distractions and fresh energy also gives you a chance to do some creative thinking, fit in a workout, and spend time with family.” -Gus Lubin & Rachel Gillett, Business Insider
Research shows quite a bit of evidence in favor of early risers, even claiming overall they are more successful and happier – woah! So get up and give it a try. Do you need more reasons, you skeptic? Check out Forbes’ list of the Benefits of Early Risers.
Do you love or loath the morning? Let me know with a comment!