This made me think about seasons, which is a topic idea I've had for a 200wad post for a few days now.
We all make decisions about where to spend our time. Lately, I've chosen to use 1.5 hours I used to spend on sleep on riding my bike. Instead of waking up at 7:30, I wake up at 6 am and go on a bike ride. The benefits to my mental health and happiness have been almost unbelievable. Unfortunately, this means that with some frequency my body demands those 1.5 hours of sleep back during the 1.5 hours of the evening I used to write (among other things). Writing is also really good for my mental health, as well as simply just a very fulfilling activity from a meaningfulness perspective, so this trade has been a tough one to swallow.
Which brings me back to seasons. I was thinking the other day about how once school starts, if I am to continue my morning bike ride habit, I would have to wake up not at 6 am for a 7 am ride, but closer to 5 am for a 6 am ride. The kids will have to be at school by 7:40 am every day.
5 am is early. Really early. Even if I only get 7 hours of sleep a night, that's a 10 pm bedtime, which is pretty much the time that night time routines and chores wrap up. That's why this morning bike ride thing has been a summertime-only thing for the past couple of years. It's seasonal. And that's ok.
And so might be my writing. And that's ok.
Maybe I can manage a 5:30 wake up for a 6 am ride once school starts up again. Maybe I can always write in the morning after my ride. Given how important each is to my happiness I probably should. But if that proves impossible, or I miss a day here and there because something else comes up...well, that's just life.