“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work—as a human being. What do I have to complain of if I’m going to do what I was born for—the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’”
Those words were written nearly two thousand years ago by Marcus Aurelius, yet they still ring true in today’s world. So often when I wake up in the morning I think it would be so much easier to just roll over and fall back to sleep again, but after reading Marcus Aurelius, I view my morning struggle differently.
It’s caused me to realize that life is too short to hide under the warmth of our covers. We need to seize the time that we do have.
Each day is a blessing from God – something different for us to wake up to, a new adventure to behold, but at times it seems getting out of bed is often the hardest part of the day. It shouldn’t be that way though. As difficult as it may be, when we wake up in the morning we should be ready to put ourselves to work because as good as a warm bed feels, we are made for much greater things than sleeping our days away. Sleeping may be easier, but easy usually doesn’t accomplish many great things in life.
The struggle to crawl out of bed in the morning is often great, but it should not be greater than the blessing of life. Don’t waste that blessing. When the allure of sleeping in late is greater than that of rising and attending class or work, remember that this fight has been around as long as time itself and that we are created for more than huddling under the blankets.
Jean Donaldson is a freshman biology major pursuing a career in orthodontics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column reflects the views of the writer only.