I am writing this on 5 hours sleep, and with what I call “daytime insomnia,” which means an inability to nap no matter how tired I get. So, in the interest of my own continuing mental stability, I will keep this article short. But, I wanted to at least get something out of my exhausted mind, as my life is content fodder if nothing else.
So, here’s something about me: I am a night owl. And when you are a night owl in a world of people with 9-5 jobs, you learn to have a wary step when it comes to sleep. To not so much expect sleep as claim it from whatever jaws you can. For who am I, the weird one up so late, to be mad when a construction crew is working at 11 A.M. and wakes me up in the middle of a nice dream?
But, let’s go further than that: what does it really mean to be a night owl? What does it mean to be someone who habitually, automatically, perks up as the night progresses—someone who does not get tired based on light? Well, it means a subtle divide in mindset. A difference in thinking from “Day Walkers,” as I like to call normal people.
First off, the idea of breakfast goes right out the window. The concept of going to bed early has a totally different meaning.
It’s honestly like taking a step out of the flow of the world. Imagine, if you will, never being tired at the same time as anyone else, seeing night as a big part of your day, and constantly confusing those used to the ways of the light and the sun.
I mean, I don’t have to imagine it. I live this way. Some people call me a vampire, even. Jokingly, of course. People will tease me about it, try to get me to change. But, unless I decide to force myself every day to play that game, it will not work. I’ve tested it, a few times.
This is just the way I am.
And, I’ve learned I am not alone. I’ve met many others who would gladly live in the night and only deal with the ways of Day Walkers because of their jobs. But, there are some who do not have that issue and we are here in the shadows while you sleep. And, if you ever see us, if you don’t mean us harm, perhaps nod at us. The night is a lonely time and everyone who walks it has a story. And connections like that are worth more than you could imagine.
Someone must watch the night and fill the dark.
And, even if it’s not always pleasant, I may as well take part in that majesty.
Special thanks to: Bob Gerkin, Collin Pearman, Dylan Alexander, Jerry Banfield, and Michael The Comic Nerd.
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