I had completely forgotten this time existed. I had forgotten how much I needed this “me time”.
In the past, as a teacher, 5:30 was my normal wake up time.I’d set my alarm, get up early and have a brief amount of time just for me.
While I was pregnant, it was all I could do to get the rest my body needed. So, while I still woke early to prepare my household, it was a rush to get everything done. After Super B arrived, my obligations changed. I no longer needed to get up to prepare myself for work outside the home. However, I was a walking zombie until B was 2 months old. Once she was sleeping through the night, I returned to waking up and prepping everything for my family’s day, but it wasn’t at 5:30 and it was like a mad dash to get everything prepared and everyone started with their day.
I had forgotten why I liked 5:30.
5:30 is a time for peace.
As much as I despise getting up early, everyone is still asleep. No one is going to walk in on me in the bathroom, ask me a question while I am in the middle of something so I forget what I was doing in the first place, and no one is going to need me to mediate a problem for them. It’s just me.
Me and my thoughts get to have a date with coffee.
5:30 is a time for stillness.
When I was a teacher I would wake up early in order to make it to my classroom with enough time to hear the silence of a school building. I loved the stillness of an empty building awaiting the energy that was about to burst through the doors. That stillness motivated me to hear my own thoughts, to enjoy the art of teaching, and plan for a day of enrichment.
5:30 is a time for hope.
Whether it’s a house with everyone snuggled in bed or an empty school building brooding with teachers prepping for their students; this time elicits a sense of hope.
Yesterday is gone.
No reason to stress about everything that might have gone wrong. Instead it’s a time to think and hope today will be better. During this time, I am always able to believe “Today will be a good day.”
5:30 is a time for prepping.
Being prepared is something that gets overlooked. I could have the best plan, the best idea; but if I haven’t prepared myself ahead of time, things can turn sour fast. I have this time to prepare materials for lessons, to get things done in the house I didn’t have energy to do the night before, and I get to prepare myself to be patient, loving and supportive throughout the day.
Because the truth is, I know that when the sun rises and the children begin to stir… I can never be certain what I will be faced with.
For More Resources on Finding “Me Time”:
- How To Find Mommy Time -Dirt and Boogers
- A Busy Mama’s To-Do List – Abundant Mama
- Take Care of Yourself – Kindness Challenge