Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The darkest hour

3:00 a.m.

For years now, this has been a waking time. On a good night, I rouse, see the clock, grimace, shut my eyes, and will myself back to sleep. A typical night leaves me restless for another hour or so. Lately, I've just surrendered and gotten up.

I turn to late night TV, the internet or some light entertaining book. I might pop in a movie. I have to have watched it enough that its familiarity might comfort me back to sleep, though this time in the comfy chair rather than the bed. It has to be good enough to really watch again if that doesn't happen. I might give myself a facial, pluck my eyebrows or wax dip my hands. I just won't do a manicure. This time of the day guarantees I'll smudge fresh polish. It's a good time of night for popcorn, and that can actually set the stage for small, frequent meals during the day.

The main thing is that I cannot use this time to think. Not 3:00 a.m. Even the brightest happy thoughts can be twisted at this time of day. This is a time for LOLcats or throwing things at people on Facebook. My thoughts have not been so dark that I'm running from them. I'm just a little hesitant to even give them an opportunity to turn dark. I miss thinking on that level, skating the line between mindful, honest observation of self and gut level emotion, trying to contain both within the discipline of lucid self expression.

I've gotten some good writing out of those deeply introspective moments, and I've really missed writing well. Losing my "voice" this year has made the other losses harder. It's an incredible buzz when I'm writing well, but the risk of introspection, especially at this time of night, is just too high.



Blogger Sarah S-D said...


November 25, 2008 6:46 AM  
Blogger Lisa :-] said...

There's a fine line between perching on the edge looking down...and falling in. At 3 am your balance is not sharp enough to make the attempt...

November 25, 2008 9:31 AM  
Blogger Indigo said...

Perhaps have a private journal, besides this one...

I know for me all that introspection, delving deep into my psyche finally helped me find myself again. Not to mention what it did for my writing.

In my case I chose to leave it all out in the open for a public forum...I've had people tell me...you said what I couldn't..

3AM might not be the time, or maybe it is, something is keeping sleep at bay. (Hugs)Indigo

November 25, 2008 12:02 PM  

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