For pragmatic reasons, I love the routine. I love the structure of it. I love knowing that my days are free. I know where I’m going at night. I know my life is kind of orderly. I just like that better.” — Andrea Martin
People often talk about being a “morning person” or a “night owl” and I think I’ve been both at times. I remember a goal I had to have a first-draft of a novel completed by the time I was 26-years old (a goal, I’m proud to say, I met!). Four months before my birthday, I woke up just about every morning at 6am and wrote. I’m not sure if that made me a morning person, but I was awake when most of my friends were peacefully enjoying an additional two hours of dreaming before work. Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed a trend of sleeping in and going to bed a bit later (incidentally, I’ve written less). So, maybe I’m a night owl now.
Regardless, on this trip, I’ve experienced very few late nights on account of not really going out to the bars. I’ve got a new draft of a novel, right? No. Not at all. But I have seen the sunrise on occasion and it’s a beautiful thing. I, in no way, have a routine as Ms. Martin speaks of, but some things I take with me and try them out in new places.
This morning, I awoke at 6:30am and did my old Yoga-X routine in a park without anyone around (except some bathing ducks). There was still dew on the grass! Be honest: when’s the last time you were up early enough to see the morning dew?
This park also happens to have an outdoor stage and amphitheatre. For those who don’t know, I have a bit of a theatrical background. I also have a fondness for Bon Jovi and maybe a little Boyz II Men.
Yes. What you’re thinking right now did happen.
I belted out “I’ll Make Love to You” as if it was a packed house at the Apollo and followed it up with Jonny Bon’s “Always” (complete with voice cracking on notes that I should know better than to attempt). If for no one else, it was incredible for me! It reminded me of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in an amphitheatre in Pompeii. I do these things. I can’t help it.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention meeting a fellow gamer this morning in Brisbane’s CBD. I noticed the red and white stripes down the sleeve of a black hoodie and knew I’d see the “N7” when he turned. He lit up when I complimented his gear and again when I mentioned having worked for BioWare. Ahh, gamers. Wait, why were we up so early??