We're in Mexico now and have been for the past three weeks or so. We've stayed in five different places so far with the aim of living in different locations of the city to see how each 'fits'. Our preference is always for places with interesting views, but also walking access to groceries, restaurants and easy access to the central historical area.
For the most part, this has been a good experience. Moving every few days isn't always smooth as the check-out time of the place you leave is hours earlier than the check-in time of your destination, so you run the risk of being homeless for a few hours if you can't work out an arrangement with the latter in advance.
Below is a picture of the morning sunrise. Click on it to get a bigger image.
Sunrise, Springtime and Early Mornings
Anyhow, today's post is mostly about sunrise versus sunset people. I'm a sunrise person. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good sunset as much as anyone. I'm posting both a sunrise and sunset picture in this article and it can be hard to tell which one is which. They both tug on some emotion.
It struck me the other day that there might be an underlying "something" that tells us something about who we are as individuals. I'm a morning person, not so much a night-owl type. I do my best work mentally in the mornings and lose capability as the day moves toward evening.
I also note that when it comes to seasons, I find spring is my favorite.
So, what's that say about me as a person?
First of all, I've never met anyone who just looooved a noontime sun, or midafternoon sun. But, I've often heard references to a gorgeous sunset or sunrise.
It struck me that there was a similar element involved in my early morning orientation and my springtime preference.
Right now, I get up in the morning usually before 6am (ok, 5am this morning as I write this), get my first cup of coffee and just sit in front of our fifth floor balcony window and watch the nighttime lights give way to morning light and then into full sun. I just drink it in.
I think about the day and what I want to do. I think about larger ideas and what they mean or a timeline for the development of this or that project.
It's a time of anticipation of what is to come. It's about new possibilities. Plans for the day. I always have plans.
It's not unlike spring, my favorite season. Earth awakening from its slumber from winter. Spring is about new life and energy. As sunrise retakes the night, so too spring must retake life from the death and inactivity of winter. It's a messy transition but invigorating and potent.
Below is a recent sunset here in Queretaro, Mexico. Simply gorgeous!
Sunset, Autumn and Evening
Sunset, autumn and evening are times of reflection and conclusion. The day's over. The season of growth and vitality is over. It's time to wrap up and put away the things of the day, of the spring and summer, in preparation for the inactivity of the night, of the winter.
I'm definitely a sunrise guy, a springtime guy. I like the new day, the new project, the possibilities involved in looking ahead.
But, I have to admit, reflection is a good and necessary part of my day as well.