Must I wake up?

How many of you reading this post wake up to a loud ringing in your ears from the alarm clock setting on the nightstand next to your bed? Ever think about the possibility that there must be a better way to wake up to a new day?

Thinking along these lines, somewhere over the course of my lifetime, I have heard people say they are able to identify with others by the songs we hear in our heads. Interesting thought! Perhaps we could use this thought process when we first wake as well. What’s that?  You need an example. Okay, try this for size – I read somewhere that there was this one individual that looked forward to waking up to a song by Neil Sedaka. That song was “Breaking Up is Hard to Do!” Now before I get too far into this, cause I can hear the gears already working saying: “Who would want to wake up to such a song?” I merely said they enjoyed waking up to the song, I didn’t say they enjoyed the words of the song as they were written. In this instance, this person changed one word to suit his needs and that word was “Breaking”.  This individual replaced the word “Breaking” with the word ‘Waking’ and you have: “Waking Up Is Hard to Do!”

The older I get, the harder it becomes to wake up and get this old body moving. Now, if I myself wanted to go back in time, I could wake to a song by K.C. & The Sunshine Boys entitled: “Shake, Shake, Shake”, Shake Your Booty.  But at my age I would replace the words “Shake, Shake, Shake” with: “Wake, Wake, Wake”, Wake your booty!” Although now that I think about it, this old booty doesn’t do much shaking early in the morning. Now, get that first cup of coffee in me and well I had best not go there as one never knows who may be reading this post.

Okay, now that I am up and out of bed, let’s get that first cup of coffee. I am not one to have a pot of coffee as soon as I wake, although I do look forward to and enjoy that first cup. While drinking that first cup of coffee, I also read the news, emails, and quite possibly Facebook. Oh, and I also sit there and write down a list of all the things (some for me and some “Honey-Dos”) I need to accomplish before the end of the day. Thinking back to a couple of years ago, the way I moved in the morning – some might have thought I run on Dunkin. But not so anymore. Besides, were I to down more than one cup of coffee while still trying to decide if I am awake enough to function properly, somewhere in the far recesses of my brain a little voice is saying: “You better not be asleep when all that fluid hits your bladder.”

I have decided though that what I need, in addition to that first cup of coffee, is a walk in the brisk morning air to rouse me to a full state of consciousness. Having recently moved to a new location with different surroundings, I have not quite got to that point (yet did so most days at our last home) and seeing the little pouch that is forming above my belt buckle, I had best make up my mind to become more conscious of my neighborhood by walking on a daily basis.

It used to be that my wife and I would line dance several times a week which is what has kept us in half-decent shape over the years (been line dancing since 2004/2005 – again more fodder for another article/post). But with the Pandemic and social distancing, we haven’t quite got up the nerve to mix and mingle yet. Besides we are still waiting to get our first of the two shots of vaccine. Perhaps after that (but with masks on and keeping a social distance of 6 feet) we may get back into line dancing (they do have lessons here at the new community where we live).

Once again, I digress. Back to the thought of needing to wake up so I can get on with my day. Yet another song ran through my head that I might enjoy waking up to and that would be – Waylon Jennings song: “On The Road Again!”  Why this song? Well, prior to the pandemic, we used to love to travel quite a bit. North to see family and cruises with other residents of the community within which we used to live. But, that too, as did our line dancing, went by the wayside due to the Pandemic.

Having said all that, let us step back a moment to the question of waking up and how we do it. Here’s a question to ponder over: Why, at our age, do we even need an alarm clock or “wake-up” call? It is not that we don’t go to bed at a reasonable hour. Well, some of us do. Myself, I have never understood how people can still be alert first thing in the morning when staying up to watch and listen to Johnny Carson or Jay Leno (oops, there is my age showing again) ……nowadays it would be Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and/or Seth Myers.

Fortunately, my biological clock is still set right although while we still tend to go to bed between 9 and 10 o’clock every night, somewhere deep inside me there seems to be a little gnome type individual flashing a lantern with the numbers 12:00, 12:00, 12:00 blinking continuously. To me that little guy is saying: “Why are you going to bed so early, it is not midnight yet. You could get by with just 6 hours of sleep a night.” But then again, Dolly, my wife, would probably make a statement confirming that I’m not a normal guy – I’m different and not set right. Hmmm, what does she mean?  Is she possibly referring to my state of consciousness or my state of mind? I am not even going to go there – which is a good thing – we haven’t been married 57 plus years by accident. Love you honey!

Who knows though, my problem could also be dietary. In view of all the advertisements about what to eat and what not to eat, fact is we all try to eat healthy so that we might live long and prosper……there goes that old mind of mine, wandering off in yet another dimension – see, I told you I wasn’t awake yet. Where were we…..oh, eating….maybe I just need to eat more foods that supply us with energy boosts.

When I was a teenager, eating healthy, meant a tomato and lettuce sandwich for lunch or a toasted cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup. How much of a jolt can these two menu items give us?  Nowadays, healthy eating means adding Red Bull or other such energy boosting drinks to every meal. Bring on the dark chocolate!

Okay, I have rambled on enough and need to get back to the thought process I had when I started this article – identifying with songs we hear in our heads and what they do for us. Personally, as I am now another year older, I am the first to recognize that I don’t seem to need as much sleep anymore. With that thought in mind and wanting to wake up feeling refreshed, ready for the day, and my first cup of coffee, I have decided that my new wake up song that works for me is: Willie Nelson’s “I Woke Up Still Not Dead Again Today!”

Stay safe. Until next time!

8 thoughts on “Wake Up!

  1. Good choice for a wake up song Irwin! I used to have my own touring country band back in the late 70s and early 80s so I’ve got hundreds of old songs in my head to choose from. Problem is that one gets stuck in my head and stay’s there all day and sometimes is still there the next morning!

    I don’t wake to an alarm clock anymore now that I’m retired and I don’t wake to music or any particular song. I’ve already got plenty of songs rambling about in this old noggin of mine to last a lifetime. If only I had an internal “Shuffle mode” to change my morning songs at random— than waking up would be just fine. Take care Irwin. Be safe, be well!

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