People who have known me in school and at work know for a fact that I’m naturally an early bird. I’ve never been late at school, at work, even though we have flexible time at work I have always been early (too early even) and I have been early most of the time in appointments. In fact, my earliness caused me to attend the mass before going to school back in high school.
A couple of people asked me why I’m early. In school, I was early because I came to love attending mass when I started high school. In addition, I want to relax myself to prepare for the classes of the day and I don’t want to get myself sweating before the day has even started. I can easily perspire so the fresh air in the morning and the very few people in the surroundings are very much appreciated. At work, well I just carried on my habit from school to work and since it remains to be advantageous for me I’ll keep it this way.
It’s my mother who started training me to be an early bird. It began when I started going to school, kindergarten I specifically. She would wake me at 5am to take a bath and prepare for school. And 5am has always been my wake up time from elementary to college except in Grade 1 because all my classes were in the afternoon. I only wake up earlier than that when I have some homework to do or have to study for an exam. What was the secret for waking at 5am? Get to bed by 9pm the night before. As the years go by, Mama and I would have arguments at that sleeping time when I still have some school work to finish.
Now that I’m working, I wake up at 7:30am even though my shift is from 3pm-12am. I still have the same reasons as before, to be relaxed and to avoid too many people in public utility vehicles.
Whenever I remember those times in elementary and high school that I wait for a tricycle at 5:45am, I can feel the peace and solemnity of the morning that makes me feel good to start the day right.