It’s 2:15am. You’ve been in bed since 11:00pm because you thought you would try to fall asleep at a “reasonable” hour. Instead, your mind has been racing for three hours and deep down you know you have at least another hour of this before maybe, just maybe, you’ll fall asleep. Your mind is replaying what you did yesterday and imagining what you are going to do tomorrow. You just have so much going on that you can’t turn off your brain. Sound familiar?
Hello night owls!
My name is Meg and I too am awake late at night and into the next morning.
I am a creature of the night. The sun goes down and I come alive. I am the most productive, the most cheerful, and the most alive at night. While everyone sleeps, I build, dream, work, and succeed.
Being busy is the only way I know how to live,
or at least live effectively and happily. I’m a woman who wears many hats. I just finished my Ph.D. (literally this week), so I’ve spent the last five years taking classes, doing research, teaching classes, and working on my dissertation. I also coach gymnastics, a job that I love dearly and with a passion. Until I entered the end of the dissertation phase, I was also waiting tables at a new restaurant in town.
The thing about being a night owl is that you inevitably spend an excessive amount of time in your head. From the seemingly endless nights I’ve spent awake and looking inward, I’ve sorted through a lot of ideas, strategies, and experiences, all of which you will read about here on Insomniac Thoughts.
So what’s the point?
Everything I’ve read about blogging emphasizes finding your niche and staying focused within it. Trying to heed this advice, I started to weed out some of my thoughts, but then it hit me.
That is not me.
There is not one thing in my life that is focused on just one topic. I am 100% all over the place. This can be confirmed by my friends, family, colleagues, girls I coach in gymnastics, students, acquaintances, people I’ve known for 15 minutes… you get my point. Thus, my very purpose is to put on paper the chaos that is life and maybe help some people navigate through it all with me.
My brain is a mess of a million ideas, thoughts, and questions that skip from one topic to the next faster than most people (including myself sometimes) can keep up with. As a result, I cannot guarantee one theme to my writing here. However, I can promise you that if you are awake late at night as I am, then the scatter-brained writings you will find here will, if nothing else, assure you that som
eone else is also coping with a brain that is running a million miles a minute (especially when it’s time to go to bed). Hopefully, however, you can use some of my strategies for balancing your love of all things night with all of your daytime activities and obligations.
I look forward to getting to know you and hope to talk to you soon!