Sleep is Nice, But Sleep is Not Life! (Seize the Day)


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Some days it may feel good to sleep in a little bit late, lay in bed and stare at the ceiling, but don’t forget, for each minute that you spend, that’s one less minute that you have to spend. There’s a reason that the term Carpe diem is famous (meaning ‘Seize the Day). It’s because it is true and it’s not something that we should take for granted. If there’s ever a time that you feel yourself saying something like, “I love sleep,” it might be time to reevaluate your life a bit. Yes, getting a good night’s sleep is good for you and your overall health, but try not to fall in the habit of sleeping ‘just because,’ or because there’s nothing else that you have planned or can think to do. Remember, sleep is nice but sleep is not life! Get your seven to eight hours of sleep per night…recharge the batteries, clear the mind, but then attack the day with fascination, wonder, and awe.

Video: Grab a Hold of Life and Seize the Day!

This morning I was motivated to rise before the sun and make my way a few blocks away to Dog Beach. Yesterday as I was driving to work, the sun was coming up over the horizon and glistening off of the San Diego RiverThe river begins northeast of San Diego in the Cuyamaca Mountains. It winds its way in a southwestern direction until it arrives at the El Capitan Reservoir. It then meanders westerly through Santee, Tierra Santa, Mission Trails Regional Park, and then forming an estuary right at the entrance to Mission Bay and Dog Beach. It was at that time that I decided that I would get up early and head over to catch the early morning bliss.

San Diego River

Greeted by Wildlife Before the Break of Day

On my way to the beach, I got my first surprise of the morning. What I thought was a giant cat crossing the road turned out to be a big, healthy raccoon. In the nine years or so that I have been living down here by the beach, this is only the fourth or fifth time I have seen them. It’s so bizarre seeing these animals so close to the beach. He saw me, stared me down for a brief moment and then ran back into the storm drain. The sun was not even up yet and I already had my first wildlife spotting of the day. There would be more!

Hiking Trail in Ocean Beach

As the sun began to break, the sky turned a marvelous orange-pinkish glow, birds began waking up, and the tide started to make its way up inland, kissing the down flow of the river. As I approached the shoreline, a big fish jumped up and out of the water to greet me. I’m not sure what he was, but I’m assuming that he was possibly a seabass.

Waves of Sand at Sunrise

“Days are expensive.When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”
— Jim Rohn

Dog Footprint in the Sand

Dog at Dog Beach

Once the sun crept up over the horizon, the orange and pinks were replaced by a whitish-blue sky. Morning had arrived and with each person that walked by with their dogs, I was greeted with a friendly ‘hello.’ Is it me, or are people friendlier in the early morning? Always seems like people on back roads give the pleasant wave and morning folks either give a friendly smile or a mellow, ‘hello.’

Panoramic of San Diego River

I had never been much of a morning person, but I have always loved the break of day. The early morning is a time when you can see the Earth come to life and watch the town or city wake up. There’s a freshness in the air that is exhilarating and a calmness that sets you up for the pace of the day. With the sounds of the rising tides and the glow of the morning sun, I just can’t imagine that a morning can start off much better than this. I love that it can only be midday, and yet a full day has already been lived. I say, “Seize the Day!” Don’t let time pass on by. Get up, get at ’em, and go break free from the ordinary. Find your passion, find your joy, find a way to live a Worry Free Life!

Crane Fishes in San Diego River

“Here Comes The Sun”
-George Harrison

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all rightLittle darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been hereHere comes the sun, here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all rightSun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right

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