We start out days by waking up. Often we get lots of indication of ourselves for any given day. Not every day has been the same. Lots have to do with major stages of life. Health has a great deal to do with it; the next question always seems to be “Am I well rested?” or “Am I in the middle of a dream cycle?”
A lot of adults have learned to think in terms of “working days” ….contrasted with “days of not working”; as it turns out “days or working” and “days of not working” are both more complicated than each phrase initially suggests.
Then of course, there is working days rather than working nights and weekends.
Waking may occur before, during or after dawn. Personally, my preference is to wake right around dawn. That means during the Winter I’m “off” my natural cycle or sleeping in late enough to get into trouble with many others.
People who cope with working nights normally wake up after dawn, well after it in fact. Waking up well rested, well adjusted to working 2nd or 3rd shift with 3 to 4 hours to go before the children get home from school, another few hours before leaving for work….having seen the spouse in the morning; a spouse who will be entrusted with the children once off to work.
Waking up late with a hangover realizing that it also means one has failed to show up at work on time while horribly lonely is a radically different experience.
Days can be almost intolerably long or can zoom by at a frantic pace, loaded with awareness and business the entire time.
One great question I invite you all to answer in the comments section: what makes a day seem longer to you?
The reason I ask is that I have found that sometimes the longest days are when nothing is going on, but other times it seems to be caused by having a little too much going on.
In my own life, so far, I used to say the longest year of my life was the year I was pregnant: I think it’s because I kept asking myself how far along I was every 3 minutes or else it was because the foetus quadrupled in size and complexity every 5 minutes.
Boredom, illness, sleep….Trapped in some hellish job or in an entire lifestyle that just feels like a trap. Any of these may cause a daze.
“Dazed and confused for so long its all true: wanted a woman, never bargained for you…”
Late at night, overtired and intoxicated at the same time while listening with poor concentration to someone talking about an uninteresting subject. This may be experienced as a daze.
Overwhelmingly happy, just married and at the reception the daughter-father dance went incredibly well. The best man is holding up the groom, as the groom is dazed by the surreal stunning beauty of his now-wife. His now father-in-law has said something kind about him during his speech which seems like a definite miracle after having felt despised by the same man the whole time he courted the woman who is now his wife.