I’ve said many times before that I would probably be a morning person if I could get enough sleep every night. Or that I’m a morning person once I’ve had coffee. And over the summer, waking up super-early allowed me to go watch pretty sunrises.
I’m finding getting up early has more advantages. While my suitemates are nice, in a foreign country, I find myself more able to face the world if I have some time by myself first. Just God, me, and a cup of coffee. And my blog. Gives me time to quiet the nervousness of being in Germany for another day and remember that God guided me to this study-abroad experience and He will get me through it.
I’m an introvert. I like waking up early for the same reason I like staying up late: it gives me time alone to think about the world on my own terms and to have a little peace and quiet. I’ve tried living like an extrovert, being with people for long periods of time for several days. It doesn’t work. I become irritable and a little crazy. My mind needs some time off from dealing with other people.
So hopefully now that I’ve had coffee, breakfast, and an hour or so of solitude, I can go to class feeling more peaceful. I’ll need more alone time to decompress throughout the day; being in a new culture is stressful and my mind can’t cope if I’m always interacting with other people. But starting out on the right foot should help.