I’ve considered myself to be a night owl for a long time, but recent circumstances have necessitated me becoming a morning person (shudder the thought)! We adopted a rescue dog several months ago and, as things have just worked out, I take Timmy on his first walk of the day, which is usually around 6:15-6:30am on weekdays, give or take. An unexpected benefit that I soon discovered was that this “early morning dog walk duty” offers one big advantage, particularly for an introvert like me.
The early morning hours are usually very quiet, where my mind is (relatively) quiet as well. This quiet time has opened up some “me time” before the hustle and bustle of the day begins, which, for an introvert, can be more valuable than gold. It might involve being super-productive during this time, or not being productive at all. I guess that’s kind of the point – it’s my time to do with what I want. I just wish there was more of it!
Beyond this newfound quiet time, there are definitely significant fringe benefits like the roughly 2,000 steps I take before 7am, and of course a little quality time with the pooch.
But there are downsides too. So I like my neighbors and all, and I don’t know if it’s part of some implied social contract, but the last thing I want to do first thing in the morning is make small talk with other “dog parents” walking their dogs. It’s always the same “conversation”, which I’ve had at least a hundred times. And as many introverts will tell you, small talk can get very tiresome, very quickly.
The other downside is that winter-time early-morning dog walks are quite a different story than walks other times of the year (brrr, chill), and there might need to be some renegotiation of duties! But in the meantime, I’ll be grateful for the benefits that come with this new routine of mine.