Are you an early riser?

How quickly do you wake up in the morning? Are you the kind of person that springs out of bed before your phone alarm has had the opportunity to vibrate three times? Do you ever need a backup alarm that you never use? (By backup alarm, I mean setting an additional one, say a proper, real, alarm clock that you have in case your phone runs out of charge or something like that?) Do you never give the backup alarm the opportunity to get tested because you are out before the first alarm has run its course?

Some of us are like that and will know people like that. Others may confess to be perpetual snoozers, hitting the snooze button so many times each morning that after a few months there may be a noticeable dent on the snooze button. One of the inventions built to counter this love for snoozing was the running alarm clock, sort of like an alarm on wheels which would just move away and induce you to get out of bed in order to turn it off, although I have to say, if you were the snoozing type, you probably would not have had the self discipline to stick to using this alarm clock.

Your will and drive to get up in the morning may pretty much depend on what you are getting up for. If it is something worthwhile, you will want to be up for it. But if it is seen to be something routine and mundane, then maybe not. Case in point – look at teenagers. On most mornings they will have problems or difficulties getting up for school, because they will complain it is too early. Yet in the holidays, when they have all the time in the world to do what they want, and time is at their disposal, they may get up early and have no difficulty arising to continue playing computer games even if they may have gone to bed late that previous night.

So what does this demonstrate? The importance of finding a career you are passionate about.

The composer Igor Stravinsky had strong ideas about the direction of music which sustained his creative drive over many decades of work. While he started out writing “nice” tunes in the previous existant style, his music style took a new direction with The Rite of Spring, a work which was not quite well-received initially but has since been recognised for its impact of Western music (learn more about this from the Crouch End Piano Teacher website. Surely his drive and thoughts about music, despite the opposition around him, would have kept him going. And you know what? He was notoriously an early riser, getting up before down to compose music!