It’s not supposed to be like this. The whole point of quitting my job was to give myself the freedom and the time to do all the things I want – without the overburdening pressure and stress of the 9-5.
Oh and the hatred too. Let’s not forget about that.
But two and a half years on, my life doesn’t revolve around the 9-5… it appears as though I’m living in some weird parallel dimension where time stands still, but strangely, seems to pass by a little too quickly – like an ‘all you can eat’ buffet, where you find can find yourself lost in the moment of perpetual pizza scoffing and gross self-negligence – only to suddenly realise you’ve cleared your plate and there’s nothing left to grab.
See, I’m quite good at finding the time. Not that you’d believe me.
The day is full of hidden opportunities – in plain sight, of course. You just have to know where to look.
Several weeks ago I had an epiphany. At least, I think I did. I’m not sure if an epiphany is supposed to be accompanied by an angelic chorus of audible enlightenment and discovery, or merely a ‘ping’ of a light bulb going off (or on?). Sadly, I experienced neither. But nevertheless – the idea was there.
I chose to wake up at 4.30am the following morning. You know – to see what it was like.
Yeh, that didn’t last. But 5am? The extra 30 minutes makes a world of difference. If you have any doubts – try watching an extended cut of any movie, ever; except Lord of the Rings. That’s about 15 hours too long.
I’ve pretty much sustained that wakeup time to this day. I’ve had little deviations here and there when needed. A 6am here – a 5.30am there. But the difference to my life has been amazing.
I generally use those crazy morning hours to play guitar. It’s inspiring when it hits 9am and I’ve already put in 3 to 4 hours of solid practice. This gives me a huge boost and I’m able to spend the next few hours studying for my degree, without feeling that dreaded internal misery like I’m sacrificing something.
My cake is being well and truly devoured.
Then it’s the afternoon, and post workout, it’s time for some extra study/practice before I start teaching.
A jack Bauer inspired day of awesome (and not a ‘dammit’ in sight).
I know you all think I’m insane. But if you’re pushed for time, feel like you’re sacrificing your hobbies and passions or just want to add more to your day – you must give 5am starts a try.
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