Wonderful Nights

Moon. Stars. Buildings. Skylines. Black and purple. This post is for all the night owls out there.

What can I do when the night
comes and I break into stars.

Baby Hale – Female
Time of Birth: 11:30 PM

Over the years, I’ve tried to figure out why I am a Night Owl. My mom and sister tell me it was a natural rhythm for me even as a baby. When everyone else was settling down, I was ready to play. Mom was pretty sleep deprived I’m sure.
My first job as a reporter fit into my natural pattern. Reporters work until the wee hours writing headlines, preparing copy and sending the paper out to be printed. After a hectic evening putting the “paper to bed”, it was hard for some of us to head home and off to bed. My companion Night Owls and I would hang around in the office for hours. We’d talk and argue and laugh til the wee hours.
As I grew older and changed careers, my natural inclination didn’t change, but my office hours were the normal 8 AM – 5 PM. I still found myself doing my best work in the last hours of the work day. Often, I worked until 7:30, getting more done between 4 and 7:30 PM than the other hours of the day. Not exactly Night Owl, but pushing the boundaries of a day shift.
In retirement, my inner Night Owl has reemerged and is flourishing. I’m pretty much useless until 8 PM. That doesn’t mean I don’t do anything before 8 PM, it just means that my best self happens after 8 PM.
Typically, at 10 PM, I’m in full go mode. If I’m working on an art piece, everything is flowing. If I’m doing laundry and cleaning, I’m going full out. My energy starts to lag about 1:30 AM and I’m ready for sleep around 2 AM.

I often lie about what time I wake. If you call me at 8:30 AM, I grab the phone and try to sound like I’ve been up for hours. I’m always making excuses why I didn’t see something on Good Morning America. Changing morning appointments to afternoon appointments. Feeling guilty when I roll out of bed at 10 AM. Listening to all the morning people brag about the dozens of things they achieve before noon.


I’m tired of feeling guilty. I’m changing my narrative! I’m taking back the night. I’m not going to be ashamed of my late night ways. I’m going to be true to myself. No more excuses. No more guilt.

Time of Birth: 11:30 PM
I was born this way.  Don’t judge me.

(Note: I have a supportive family that loves me just the way I am. I continue to struggle with Night Owl Guilt Syndrome NOGS .)

Are you a Night Owl or a Morning Person? Drop me a note and let me know. Thanks for checking out my art and please, please feel free to share.

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9 Comments

  • Reva Everett
    March 14, 2019 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

    I get my 2nd wind after 9 or 10PM. I am usually still up at midnight . Reading or watching TV.

    But sometimes during the afternoon I do take a nap.

    • wheelkat@gmail.com
      March 14, 2019 - 11:44 pm | Permalink

      Thanks.

    • wheelkat@gmail.com
      March 17, 2019 - 3:07 am | Permalink

      Naps are cheating! LOL Just kidding. I know who to call if I get lonely late at night.

  • Bob Howard
    March 15, 2019 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    I was a railroader for a living. Often on call 24/7. I know what it is like to live a nocturnal life! LOL.

    • wheelkat@gmail.com
      March 15, 2019 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Are you a night owl now or a morning person?

  • Jennifer
    March 15, 2019 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    What a great post! It sounds like the words just flowed out of you.. you probably wrote it late at night! 🙂

    • wheelkat@gmail.com
      March 15, 2019 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

      You are right!!!

  • March 17, 2019 - 2:34 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if there has ever been an official survey of sleep patterns but I would guess that your nightimelyness is the exception rather than the rule. You should be proud of your uniqueness! Some of my favorite living things are nocturnal–the Great Horned Owl, certainly, and the entire Felidae family. The early bird may catch a worm but these fellows are true hunters. May you capture your artistic ambitions all night long!!!

    • wheelkat@gmail.com
      March 17, 2019 - 3:05 am | Permalink

      I think you are right. I have a couple of other night owl friends, but most friends are day timers. Thanks for the positive vibes.

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