I typically stay up fairly late in the night, which definitely has its benefits and drawbacks. A few drawbacks being that I tend to wake up later in the day or feel tired if I have to wake up early. Still, though, as much as I try, I can’t get to bed earlier than I normally do, which is usually around 1:30am – 2am. I’m not sure exactly when this habit started, but I imagine it happened sometime during college when I chose classes later in the day so I could sleep in more. But looking back, I think it may also have begun when I first became an “adult” in that I got my first “real” job and started to bear real responsibilities like paying bills, work, etc. My life went from being care-free as a young adult to being stressful as the years passed and the responsibility grew. Everything seemed to grow louder and busier. There was too much noise. I needed peace and I would find it late at night while the world was sleeping.
It’s during these late nights that I am left to my thoughts. You can almost feel the stillness in the air. The quiet helps me to unwind and release the stress of the day. I’m able to think more clearly, I’m able to pray in peace, I’m able to just sit back and breathe. We all need that sometimes, the stillness, but it seems more often than not, we forget how much we actually need it.
There’s something to the quietness of the late night and early morning when the world is sleeping and I’m the only one awake.
How about you? When is your quiet time?