Today I must be ready to leave the house by 10:00 AM for a performance that my troupe has at a festival later today. Last night I pulled together all of the things I would need: drums, our troupe banner, our mailing list sign-up sheets and props for skits.. I prepared a lunch for myself and laid out my costuming. I sent a few final reminders to fellow performers about a change in departure time. I set my alarm for 6:00 AM and went to bed.
This morning, while I did hit the snooze button three times, I managed to rise from bed by 6:30. I made myself some coffee, which I sipped as I browsed Facebook and skimmed some news sites. After I finish this post I'll likely do about ten minutes of yoga before hopping into the shower after which I will begin the process of costuming myself and getting into character for our performances later in the day; a process which takes about 90 minutes to two hours.
One might think that getting up this early on a Saturday willingly must mean I am a morning person Actually it is because I am NOT a morning person that I arise so early to begin my day. I learned long ago that I am not one of those folks who can get out of bed, rush around, chug a cup of coffee and head out the door. At least it isn't generally something I can do and remain in a good mood. When I feel rushed I am likely to forget important things...like props, or drums, or my lunch. Which means in the end I'll also be stressed out, cranky and quite likely late. I'll spend most of the day trying to catch up with myself.
These days I generally allow myself two hours of me time before I have to be anywhere or, as is the case today, before I have to prepare to be anywhere. It isn't always easy but it has so many benefits; not just for me, but for others too. If I have to meet someone somewhere, if I have a ride picking me up, if I have to start work, I do so with a clear head and a more calm demeanor. I'm also rarely late.
But most importantly these two hours at the beginning of my day are a gift to myself. This is time that is mine...just for me.