I rebelliously stay awake at night.
There are articles out there about this phenomenon. Mothers staying up late just to be alone and not caring that they suffer the day after from sleep deprivation. (Not that one night of decent sleep fixes that but still…)
I have always loved the quiet night time hours. Growing up in a house with 5 other people and with a constant flow of visitors, I never had my own time or space. Those hours were such a bonus! I would stay up late to do my school projects. I would finally have enough time and attention to devote to what needed to be done.
I still love the quiet now. I almost always write my blogs during this time. This is also the time for all of my self regenerating activities like mindless television, leisure/business reading, secret snacking and catching up on emails.
While my hours post-kids sleeping is pretty jam-packed, there are nights that I fill the time with nonsense instead of going to bed early. How important is the nonsense? I’m not so sure but my brain is too used to the sleep deprivation to allow for anything different.
A daily practice challenges the person who creates on “inspiration.” We have to mother everyday, and ultimately, it is the daily grind that gives us perspective, clarity and the “high’s” of motherhood. I am exploring if the same happens when I write everyday on the topics that normally light me up – motherhood, self-development, healing and creating. Sign up here to receive those thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.