I am someone who transitions well. For instance, I can move easily from preparing a meal to changing a dirty diaper and then back to the kitchen (after washing hands of course). Whether day-to-day tasks or life's bigger changes (such as moving to Minnesota when I was so very pregnant) I adapt willingly, smilingly.
So it floors me that I can't move as easily between the long-lasting light of summer into the darker days of fall. This time of year throws me every time, and becomes an annual post for this blog. You would think I have this figured out by now...
While most people dread the change because falling forward means it will be darker sooner in the evening (or closer to 4:30 if you live as far north as I do), I need the clock to fall forward so I can gain more light in the morning. I think my ability to adapt only kicks in when the sun rises and right now that sun isn't coming up until after 7 a.m. This is a problem because I like to get up at the 5 o'clock hour. That's me at my most productive. But my body is not responding to the dark. It will, eventually. It has to because I live in Minnesota. But it takes time and some trickery. I am not a nocturnal creature.
What's happening this year is a little unusual though.
Last week I was SO sure that daylight savings time was this weekend. I felt like I was holding on, knowing I'd get my morning light by Sunday (I failed to pick up on the fact that nobody--like all major media outlets--was talking about this, only that silly little voice in my head). Meanwhile I was keeping to my Five Tips to Avoid a Fall Funk. I was counting the days. Then I woke up yesterday, exhilarated. At last! We have fallen forward, I thought. The clock says 7 a.m., but it's really 6 a.m. Ha! Take that Mother Nature!
But I was wrong. Really wrong. Day light savings doesn't kick in until Nov. 4. I have Two. More. Weeks.
While I normally pride myself on getting up without an alarm clock (when you have kids, really, who needs it?) I know I need a little kick in the pants to get out of bed. It's time to start adapting. I've got to dust off that headlamp, increase my Vitamin D, and embrace the season. Will you join me in the darkness?