I woke early this morning. I’d like to say it was natural, and I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, it probably was, because the invention of the alarm clock had to have evolved from somewhere way back when; and anything man-made is really humankind’s attempts at making things easier for others. Although sometimes easier is not necessarily more comfortable.
So, I awoke with a ‘comfortable start’ this morning. Not that I particularly enjoy the sound of my alarm. Ooh, not a pleasant way to wake up, but without it, I’d probably be late for work… in fact, I’d probably still be asleep now, some fifteen hours or so later.
I forced my eyes open, and once I had become accustomed to the darkness and realised that my eyes were in fact open, I checked the time to make sure that I hadn’t dreamt that the alarm had gone off. I mean, I once dreamt that I couldn’t sleep, so anything is possible in my head. Alas, my alarm had sounded. My Tuesday had begun.
I ached out of bed, and looked out of my bedroom window. Above me was the glorious row of stars that make up Orion’s Belt, or so I thought. And just over to the right was Jupiter. According to my on-line research, I couldn’t have been seeing these this morning, but in my mind’s eye, I was. I was too tired to argue with myself, so left it at that. I also found out that today’s New Moon is also another Supermoon, the second this year. With it being new though, we wouldn’t see it… and I didn’t see it this morning either!
The freshness of the morning air caused me to think how things would have been on day one of this wonderful planet of ours. How would the air have smelled on that very first morning? There wouldn’t have been any buildings, as there weren’t any people back then, which caused me to wonder how the plants would have looked, or would the area be simply covered in ice or rock? My thoughts then moved onto the first non-plant life forms, and the various species that evolved from then.
My thoughts then turned to the weather. It has turned very warm again here in the UK, on this day we call Tuesday in this year we call 2011. I wondered if the very first morning of Earth was actually a Tuesday morning all those millions of years ago. I wondered if it was raining that morning. I wondered if there was thunder and lightning.
I then found myself looking to that row of stars that I called Orion’s belt, and that very bright object that I called Jupiter, and wondered if they looked brighter, or nearer to us, on that very first Tuesday morning of Earth’s existence. I then found myself wondering if there would have been more stars to be seen back then, ones which now have reached the end of one part of their journey through existence, but back then would have been very much alive. Maybe going supernova to add a little more light to that thundery Tuesday morning of Day One.
I then wondered what I was doing, hanging out of my window at six of the clock on a Tuesday morning when I should have been getting myself ready for work. I looked into my mirror as I returned to my room, and smiled.
I may not have been here on that very first morning to enjoy that experience, but I am here today, and that is a close enough coincidence for me given the scale of the universe.
I also smiled at my reflection in the mirror, as I noticed my hair. I wondered how long it would take me to get it looking anywhere near decent. In that one split second, my thoughts of time and space disappeared, and were replaced by my more modern thoughts of seemingly great importance.
Yes. I woke up early this morning. It was a new day. Some things were different. Some things were still the same. My thoughts were, well, my thoughts… different as usual.