Early Bird or Early Worm?

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They say the early bird gets the worm. Which fails to take into account the other half of the equation: that the early worm gets got.

Some sadist in humanity’s history came up with this saying to imply that I lack ambition, productivity, or value if I don’t get up with the sun. I resent that!

I was always a night owl. Creativity tends to strike the minute my eyelids close at bedtime. Ideas start flowing – phrasing, quotes, plot twists – that refuse to surface at more convenient times. I have to keep grabbing my phone off the bedside table to capture my thoughts before these gems are lost to the ether, while hoping the light from the screen doesn’t disrupt my husband’s sleep.

If I didn’t have a three-year-old who seems to have taken the early bird idiom to heart, rousing me from bed at 6:30 every morning, I’d write at my desk until midnight and slumber until 8 AM.

Let’s get back to this notion that to the early risers go the spoils. Not for the worm, of course, who becomes breakfast, but for the bird. Which will you be on any given day – the bird or the worm? How can you know? It all depends on which way the wind blows.

Fellow night owls, the next time someone tries to shame you for not being an early riser, just remember: the early worm winds up on the plate while the owl is ruler supreme in the dark.