I made a big mistake the other day. I didn't wake up at 5am, but 6am.
Within ten minutes I realized my error.
After doing my normal routine––feeding the cats, making coffee and breakfast, emptying the dishwasher, etc––I was already running out of time for just me.
I'm fine with being called selfish, but those few hours in the morning have become more and more important. The quiet contemplation is vital.
The best thinking happens on the water, and if you don't have time to really enjoy it, if you're instead constantly thinking about the clock running out, then it's almost a waste of time. You're not present, which only increases stress.
Make time for yourself. Every day.
Sleeping in is a waste of daylight. Do what you love––go fishing.
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