I had an epiphany this morning, which is the worst possible time to have an epiphany because there’s so much happening in the morning that most early epiphanies I have get lost in the shuffle of getting ready for the day. I do keep a notepad and pen next to the bed but, unfortunately, I rarely write anything on it. Or I wake up in the morning to find I’ve written down something like, “I tried my hand at gambling and lost an arm and a leg,” which is neither an epiphany nor particularly useful. Or there was the time I woke up to find I’d written down “Invention idea: DormWallz, a board students can put up in dorm rooms they can write things on or stick pictures to.” So apparently at some time during the night I’d invented the whiteboard, which seems less like an epiphany and, at best, more like a phany.
And it’s also a Monday and since I go in to work on Mondays I’m even busier and more stressed in the mornings than I am most other days of the week because I still have to get the dogs fed and taken out, then I have to get showered and dressed and in the car so I can get to work on time. Four days of working from home plus the weekend, I’ve realized, is just enough time to forget how much less flexible my schedule is when I have to be in the office. I have to be there at a specific time and it’s harder to do something like take a long lunch and then make up the time by working later in the afternoon because I also have to be home at a certain time. I could, once I got home and got the dogs fed and taken out, fire up the computer and get some work done. For that matter I could wake up in the middle of the night and go to work. First thing in the morning there are always questions waiting for me. But I like to keep my work and home schedules separate as much as I can and I know mixing them up would lead to madness.
None of this is this morning’s epiphany. What I realized this morning is that I like Daylight Savings Time. I like the time change. For several days now I’ve been getting up in the dark, doing most of my morning routine in the dark, and even starting work in the dark.
This morning I woke up to light. I left for work in the light.
I know it won’t last. The days will keep getting shorter and if it isn’t dark when I leave for work next week it will be the week after that. But gaining an hour made a difference today.