What I wish I did:
My ideal morning begins with me springing out of bed at 7:30, closely followed by some fresh-brewed coffee in the perfect cup that fits the shape of my hand.
I sit at my kitchen table and get some writing done, with a clear head, for about an hour. So the day is already productive.
My partner makes us some delicious breakfast sandwiches.
Then I calmly get dressed, do something with my hair, and am out the door around 9:30 to go to class.
What I really did this morning:
I became alert enough to qualify as awake at 8:24.
I had been stirring around for a while having weird dreams. I dreamed that I was in a dank basement with green mold all over the walls. Some random people from my childhood were there. Somehow the dream morphed into me driving the wrong way down a bridge onto an island, where I eventually ended up in a mosque in improper clothes. I think these dreams are probably anxiety-related.
I cuddled with my partner, which was the best part of my morning, and got out of bed about twenty minutes later.
I fussed around doing things like making coffee and posting the day’s discussion question on the “chat” site for the class I TA for.
I got into the shower at 9:03, then got myself together, and put some coffee in a to-go mug.
I left my apartment around 9:40–running late–and walked the block or so to campus and then hopped on this overcrowded extra-long super-bus that gets me close to my building.
I was in my seat around 9:59, and class started at 10.
Sonia is a graduate student based in Durham, NC.