Today's Top Five List


Introduction:

No, I am not a vampire. Nor am I a robot who doesn't require sleep (no matter what my college roomie's ex boyfriend may tell you...) I am just a girl who loves the night. And here the the top five reasons why I love the night.

I Can Get Stuff Done!

During the day, there is a lot going on to distract me. The world is awake and alive and everyone is going about their own business. Televisions, radios, game systems and other electronic devices are on, phone calls come in, and people sometimes interrupt me when I am in the middle of something. I get distracted during the day (especially by the TV.) I get interrupted during the day. But at night... the world is asleep and I can get stuff done.

It's Beautiful!

There is something to be said for the beautiful, mysterious, darkness of the night. It's romantic, it's dangerous, it's exciting, and it can also be very soothing and calming. And then of course there's the moon. Seeing the way that things look in the dark in combination with the bright moon is just so cool! Like when there is just a sliver of moonlight shining through a window onto something and it looks as though it is shining or glittering, or even changing form! I find that to be interesting, exciting, and yes... beautiful. (And don't even get me started on the stars!)

I Learn About Myself.

What else is there to do but spend time with youreslf when you are the only one up? I have found that a lot of my self-reflection is done at night because I am alone. I look inward a lot when I am by myself and in doing so I grow; I seek answers for myself, I learn about myself, and I remember to appreciate myself which is all very beneficial and important. And it's all thanks to the power of the night!

I Learn the Unusual Sounds of My House.

This may seem like a weird reason to like the night, but I am intrigued by sound. I think most sounds are musical in some way, so a lot of times I make up music to go along with the sounds I hear (the hum of the exhaust fan or the heater, the wind hitting the windows, and the sound of my fingers tapping on my computer keys have all been inspirations for the music I make in my head at night.) Another reason I like to hear the unusual sounds: I want to know what the house sounds like normally so that if I hear a sound that doesn't belong, I can figure out if we are facing a problem or not much faster than someone who doesn't know about, or think about, the houses's natural sounds. And if I can identify a problem right away, I might be able to save myself and my housemates from a lot of wasted time, hassle, frustration, grief, injury, and/or insanity.

The Night Is Not the Norm.

I think I have an unconscious need to be abnormal. I don't like to be like everyone else. I dress differently than most people I know, I like what I like even if it's not "cool," and sometimes I like to be up all night. Like a crazy but brilliant artist who can't rest until his vision is completed, I thrive on the madness of staying up past "bedtime," throwing convention out the window, and determining for myself when my "day" begins and ends. A little crazy? Maybe. But it is honestly another reason that I love the night.

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  • snowfence 2/23/2011

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    Great article about how you love the night. H5!

  • Belafonte 2/23/2011

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    I love nighttime. When the weather finally breaks an you can enjoy a quiet night with some fresh air!

  • LangleyCornwell 12/6/2010

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    Yep, I love the night too. Especially for the reason you list in #5.

  • ElaineChastain 12/3/2010

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    I like doing like Penelope too. Waking in the wee the wee hours.

  • ElaineChastain 12/3/2010

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    I love this Meg, I find the night to be exactly as you've stated. Wish I had enough energy to stay up more than I do but lately the days wear me out. I miss the night.

  • ListMaker 11/26/2010

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    I too like to be up at night but only when I have to be. I have the exact same sentiments about getting up at 4 or 4:30 in the morning - amazing time to be awake. And, when one is on vacation, this time of the morning can make for some great walks through an untouristy town.

  • penelope7 11/24/2010

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    Beautiful list that suits the 'night walker' such as myself :D I used to get up each night at about 2 and sit and daydream for about an hour and fall back to sleep blissfully. Yes, the nights are cool.

  • penelope7 11/24/2010

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    Beautiful list that suits the 'night walker' such as myself :D I used to get up each night at about 2 and sit and daydream for about an hour and fall back to sleep blissfully. Yes, the nights are cool.

  • ponchomeg 11/24/2010

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    I think I get exactly what you mean. Thanks for reading and for sharing! :)

  • Lean123 11/24/2010

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    The 'day' tends to be related to the hustle-and-bustle of chores, work, and other mundane priorities. The 'night' tends to be related to things being -- after the practical/normal list has been checked-off; and the mind can relax, explore, reflect, and most importantly -- create... by the state of tranquility. The mind can better focus on the creative/exploratory realm; without being distracted, by the interruptions of the 'early-day' hustle-and-bustle -- in this author's experience.

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