For as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed staying up late at night -- even it's been a school or work night.
I'm what you would call a night person. Others might describe me as a night owl.
To me, there's no time like the middle of the night. It's quiet, relaxing -- the perfect setting for reading a good book, writing a poem, getting lost in contemplation, or taking a leisurely stroll beneath a striking starry sky.
As I've gotten older, staying up late on work nights has become something of a challenge. Sometimes I get home so tired that I don't make it past 11. And getting adequate sleep really makes a difference in one 's day. I don't function well without at least 6 hours of shut-eye.
That's why I make every effort to at least stay up on weekends. A real sense of peace and tranquility eludes me in the daytime, when it's common to hear dogs barking, construction crews hard at work, and other intrusive disturbances. It's also a reasonable time for someone --say, an in-law or roving salesman --to pay you an unexpected if unwelcome visit.
As hard as I can try to become an early riser, it never works. I'm not -- and will never be -- the guy drinking a cup of Joe and reading the newspaper at 6:00.
In college, I got most of my papers done at night, and the same applies now with my blog entries.
Are you a night owl or early riser? Is that how you'd to be? Why or why not?