I am not a morning person, never have been, or should I say I have never been an early riser. I have done it for different jobs, but it is not what I prefer to do, I prefer to work late into the evening and get up around 9 or 10ish. But I have proven something, I can absolutely be a morning person if the motivation is right. The motivation that did it for me, was Hawaiian sunrises!
I had 5 days in Hawaii for my 40th birthday. This was the first time I had been to Hawaii, and since building a new business has been a priority, I was not sure when I would get back. My husband sent me alone since Hawaii is not his thing and he knew I would be doing nothing but photography the whole time. Really I am not much of a conversationalist when I am with my camera. I squeezed every drop of juice from this trip. I had a helicopter, boat, and land tour booked, I made sure to catch the sunset every day from the beach in front of my hotel room, and once it was dark, I would have a bite to eat and knock out. My whole purpose for most travel is to photograph it, I like looking at the world through the lens of my camera and sharing it.
I would up VOLUNTERALY setting my alarm clock to before the butt crack of dawn so that I made sure I would not miss a thing. I would get up often before my alarm would even go off (that is normally how I work) Get all my gear together and go get a coffee (actually espresso and cream) at a small coffee shop a stone’s throw from the hotel. Coffee in hand I would head down to the beach. The cool thing is it was a cold off-season time for the island (for me it was perfectly warm), so the beach would be empty, just me, my coffee, the sand, and the soft waves awaiting the sun to come up. It was incredible, and I ENJOYED the early morning! There is always something reflective about a sunset OR a sunrise. I also find water has that quality as well, so put the sunrise, water, and quiet nature time together, and it created a magical moment. When I think of the ideal zen time, I think of my mornings on that beach.
The lesson I learned here is that it not only points out that early mornings can be pleasant with the right motivation, but many things in life that we opt out of may be amazing and enjoyable if we have the right motivation for it! So now it makes me think, what things have I said I would not do or that I do not want to do, can I change that to become something I want to do and how can that change my life for the better?