I'm what most would consider a night owl. My family would always make fun of me for sleeping until 11 a.m. on weekends. My parents would be on my case for not being able to wake up to my alarm.

For years I thought this trait made me lazy. I thought there was something wrong with me for not waking up at 5 a.m. every day as my grandpa did for work or my aunt does for CrossFit workouts.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized, being a night owl doesn’t necessarily make someone lazy.

When I thought about it, I do everything that an early bird would do, but at night. You might look at someone that wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning to work out as someone who is motivated and hardworking.

I am always shocked by the alacrity people have to get out of bed and start their day that early.

However, everything they do, I do too.

I workout, but Ido it at night and I don’t get the same recognition as someone that would do it in the morning.

Same with homework and studying. When I was home for break, my brother was telling me that he would wake up early and do his homework before he leaves for school.

When he told me this, I thought that it was super impressive.

I started to get angry at myself for not waking up early to do my homework, but in reality, I get it done before I go to bed. We both do the same amount of work, but because he gets up early and works on it, he is considered hardworking, whereas doing it late at night is labeled as lazy.

Being an early bird does not make you better than everyone else. I still get all my work done and I don’t consider myself a lazy person. I just have a different sleep schedule than someone who does their work in the mornings.

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