Early Bird or Night Owl

September 2, 2011 at 10:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

It is interesting that both of these exemplars of human behaviour are birds. I
suppose that’s because it is birds that usually welcome the dawn with their
melodious – oh, all right, raucous – chorus. And it is the owls who are awake
to hunt during the night-time hours.

As for myself, I haven’t seen a proper sunrise for several years – not that I am
boasting about it – but I have spent many night hours reading, writing or
working on some project or other. On occasion, I haven’t even gone to bed at

It takes me a while to wake up in the morning – I tend to cling to the remnants of
sleep for as long as possible – especially when I have gone late to bed. I can
certainly function very well in the early morning if I have to, but I do prefer
to do my own thing when everyone else has settled down for the night. It is
quiet; there are no phone calls to interrupt the train of thought; and you can
keep going for as long as you want to – as long as there is nothing important
to do the following morning.

My husband and I are opposites in this; he gets up early. There is value to this
for both of us: we get time to ourselves – him in the early morning, and myself
in the late evening and night. That uninterrupted, quiet personal time is
something to treasure, to do whatever it is we want to do. Of course, there are
downsides, but I think that, on the whole, the benefits carry the day – or


© Linda Visman


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  1. I was a night owl during the years in Turkey and Greece, but now I’m back home in Africa I’m more of an Early bird.

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