Sunday morning, I woke up confused as to the time. I suppose that it’s normal when Daylight Savings Time enters the picture, but for some reason, I could have sworn it was 6:00 am when the time was 7:00 am. I know I’m not alone. On the bright side, I get to start exercising again at the park because I’ll have enough daylight to get out there and enjoy the night air. The downside is that it takes longer for me to wind down because the days are getting longer.

How does the time change affect you? For me, it’s not a big deal in the mornings because I’ve become more of a morning person in the last few years. For a long time, I lived like a vampire. I worked nights, slept during the day, and could see better in the darkness than I could the light of day. The older I got, the more my body balked at the night hours. That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy nighttime activities, but I’m not the night owl I once was. To indicate otherwise would be a blatant lie.

I love the pre-spring weather for the most part. When I walk outside, I’m always amazed at the new things I find. Many flowers and trees are starting to bloom. My rose bush is producing flowers again, and I love to have fresh-cut flowers at my desk. It makes the office smell better and gives a feeling of openness. I’m not big on bouquets, but sometimes it is a welcome feeling that fresh-cut flowers’ aroma offers.

I took a walk with my mom over the weekend, and we picked up a massive bag of trash off the side of the road. I get the fact that people think it’s fun to discard their waste out the window, but the reality is that someone will have to clean it up to keep the roads from looking trashy. There are so many problems littering leaves behind. That’s another blog for another day.

As I adjust to the shift, I can’t help but think about the things I’m itching to do as the weather improves. I can’t wait to get back on the trails at the park, hike in the mountains, take long walks on the beach, go horseback riding ( I haven’t done that since I was a kid and want to learn how again), and maybe hop back on a motorcycle and overcome my fear of getting killed on one. I think my friend Rick, who died, would want me to do that. When he died, a part of me died with him. He loved motorcycles and introduced me to that world. When he died, I stopped riding.

We all have those moments from previous daylight savings times that linger in our memories. I remember one year I was supposed to take a significant test, and it was three days after daylight savings had occurred. My body had not acclimated to the difference yet, and my brain was not on the exam. Somehow I miraculously passed it, but that didn’t mean I felt good about passing. I think I was shell-shocked.

My point is that we are adjusting, and it will take some time for all of us to get back in the groove, but once we do, we will be ready to tackle the oncoming Summer. I’m prepared for the warmer weather, getting back together with friends, and being myself. After all, the change in daylight savings tells me that significant changes are in store. Nothing could be better than tackling the world with an open mind and heart. I hope it’s a terrific Tuesday for you. As you move forward, keep going. Sooner or later, the adjustments will kick in, and you’ll be ready to kick the day’s ass.

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