get up early.

23 Jun

Wasn’t summer the best when you were a kid?  You’d go to sleepovers at your buddies house and play Tecmo Bowl until the wee hours of the morning. Then, you’d sleep late enough that your friends mom would peak her head in around 11:30 and ask the inevitable question, “Are you boys planning on getting up soon?”  No, of course you weren’t, there’s no plan for getting up, you’re 12 and you’re keepin’ it real!  Lazy summers are part of your childhood and one of the great luxuries of having nothing to do.

However, and I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, you’ve got stuff to do now and it’s time to wake up. It’s no longer cool to be sleeping until 9:15 and looking disheveled as you hide behind a 64 oz. Starbucks cup until 2pm.  For real, “Are you boys planning on getting up soon?”

Grown Man, first of all, I hate your blog.  Second of all, why would I get up earlier than I have to?  What’s wrong with my system of subtracting 27 minutes off the start of my first appointment and setting my alarm for that time?

First of all, I don’t care, you’re only reading Grown Man because you know your girlfriend will quiz you on it – and that’s fine with me.  Second of all, getting up early is part of what makes great men wise, refined, and disciplined.  Your method of dragging your butt into the day and riding the wave of espresso until you catch your first wind at 3:30 doesn’t allow room for things like study, reflection, and – wait for it – silence.

Um, Oprah called, she wants her blog back.

Nice early 90’s joke.  Gentlemen, the day comes at you like a lion.  Getting up early allows you to tame it and create in yourself disciplines like patience, temperance, and self-control.  Think about the difference it would make in your life if you took some extra time in the morning to orient yourself and prepare for the coming storm.  Okay, enough touchy-feely talk, let’s get practical:

1- Tomorrow morning, no matter how early you already have to get up, set your alarm for an hour earlier.
2- Take that hour to read, think, drink a good cup of coffee (preferably French Press) and NOT work on your iBerry.
3- Do that every day.

Grown Men, have you ever wondered why your dad or grandpa was ALWAYS awake before you?  Yes, it’s partly due to an enlarged prostate that makes him pee every time the wind blows.  But also, it’s due to the fact that he’s not a child anymore and he knows the value of greeting the day on his terms, with his agenda, and with the learned discipline to sharpen and quiet his mind.

29 Responses to “get up early.”

  1. Mr. Ed 23 June 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    Hell, I’m trying that tomorrow.
    I’ve always had trouble catching up with the day and never thought of it as a mature way of facing it, or even better, fooling it to make it on my terms.
    As always, great posts, but i can´t just re-tweet whatever u post here, I´ll be indicating your blog randomly once a week.

    My best regards.

    • You're a Grown Man 24 June 2010 at 9:45 pm #

      Mr. Ed,

      Switching the locus of control from time to you is always a good thing. It’s a discipline that requires a lot of effort but is well worth it.

      Also, thanks for being kind enough to even consider re-tweeting the blog. I’m just really glad you read and enjoy the content – tweet or no tweet.


  2. Rachie Rach 23 June 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    This is a necessity for Grown Women as well!

  3. mct88 23 June 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    My dad is a great example of this. He works the night shift and gets home between 2-3 a.m. He’ll be awake between 8:30-9:15 a.m. working on things around the house. He’ll take a nap before heading to work of course but the principle of waking early is still there.

    • You're a Grown Man 24 June 2010 at 9:49 pm #

      Now that’s a freaking Grown Man. Night shifts are super hard and the fact that he still has the fortitude to get up a few hours later speaks volumes for him.

      Also, how cool is it that his daughter goes on some random blog and posts nice things about him? What a lucky fella.

  4. spiritofshizuku 23 June 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    I agree with about getting up early. I have been a night owl for quite a while now, but I’ve always wanted to be an early bird. I’ve tried to change my schedule in the past, unfortunately, I’ve never committed myself to being really self-disciplined about making the change. But I’ve been giving it a try once again, and this time I’m really planning to stick to it.

    Also, did you know that studies have shown that using French Presses to brew coffee actually rises cholesterol levels?

    • You're a Grown Man 24 June 2010 at 9:53 pm #

      Let me know how this try at getting up earlier goes! Remember, if you mess up one morning, don’t quit – there’s still plenty of mornings left.

      Also, I bet that study was done by Mr. Coffee who’s PISSED at how schooled it gets in the coffee department by snotty french presses. Actually, that’s good to know. Grown Men should care about cholesterol.

      Thanks for being awesome, spiritofshizuku.

      • spiritofshizuku 29 June 2010 at 9:25 pm #

        Thanks for the advice, GM. I’ve had some setbacks, but I’m going to take your advice and keep trying. I’ll let you know how it goes.

        Thank YOU for being awesome!

  5. Ashley 23 June 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Haha this blog is genius.

  6. Gob 24 June 2010 at 4:11 am #

    I love getting up early — enjoying as much daylight as possible, breathing in the fresh morning air, etc. The hard part is attempting it more than two days in a row.

  7. lookingforsomethingtofind 24 June 2010 at 9:30 am #

    First of all, French Press Coffee is great. I’m in college, a junior, but a bit of an older student (22 now). Took some gap time to “find myself”. I only mention my age, cause I wake up around eight every morning, which at university is a time no one is awake. When you reach a certain age it’s time to get up early. There is nothing like an early breakfast and a brisk walk before the start of the day.

    • You're a Grown Man 24 June 2010 at 9:58 pm #

      Here, here, lookingforsomethingtofind! Also, finding yourself is vital and will probably be a post some day. I guarantee you that being a 22-year-old junior affords you opportunities, like learning, that your newly minted 21-year-old counterparts don’t enjoy.

  8. jameskaufholz 24 June 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I used to sleep later than I care to talk about. But, now I think it’s so much better to get up. I have the day off today, and right now I’m drinking my first cup of coffee (I don’t have a French press), I’m listening to the new Roots album, and I’m going to read. It’s way better this way.


    • You're a Grown Man 24 June 2010 at 10:01 pm #

      This, Sir JamesKaufholz, is the perfect morning. I haven’t listened to the new Roots album yet, is it good? It must be, those guys are incredible.

      Oooo, good idea: should write about the new Roots!

      Thanks, as always, for reading.

  9. Ian 24 June 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I absolutely love to wake up in the early hours of the morning at LEAST an hour before I actually have to get out of the door. It’s so refreshing to sit, read, drink coffee, or do anything else that is “pertinent” in the morning. The quotes apply, since an extra hour to your day makes nothing feel truly pertinent except relaxation and comfort. And my thoughts exactly on the french-pressed coffee!

    • You're a Grown Man 24 June 2010 at 10:02 pm #

      My subscription to TIME usually makes “pertinent” matters in the morning a joy. I’m just sayin’…

  10. Richard Muske 24 June 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    First, I love your blog. But the fact that you endorse French Press coffee makes you solid in my book. I know way too many GM’s who don’t even know what that is. Sad.

    • You're a Grown Man 24 June 2010 at 10:04 pm #

      First, thank you.

      Second, you’re right, French Press is a joy and an art. Grown Men, you’ve never had coffee until you’ve had French Press (with freshly ground, high quality, beans). Take it from me and Richard Muske, it’ll change your world.

  11. Teresa Jusino 25 June 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Hell, this is great advice for EVERYONE. Thanks! 🙂

    • You're a Grown Man 1 July 2010 at 6:29 pm #

      No problem, Teresa. Thanks for being kind enough to read and comment!

  12. Edwin Junior 9 July 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    First time to stumble upon this blog. A friend posted a link on her facebook.
    I think this blog will change my life! You’re awesome! =D

  13. Mrenc 19 July 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    “…and play Tecmo Bowl until the wee hours of the morning.”

    careful sir, your (approximate) age is about to be given up. or are Grown Men supposed to share their age? please advise.

  14. A 23 August 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    “Gentlemen, the day comes at you like a lion. Getting up early allows you to tame it”

    can i say….awesome way of putting it!

  15. c 21 January 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Agreed but loved the “Grown Men, have you ever wondered why your dad or grandpa was ALWAYS awake before you? Yes, it’s partly due to an enlarged prostate that makes him pee every time the wind blows.” That just cracked me up! Keep up your informative and enjoyable blog!

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