By Eugenia Melissen Ferrer
We all do it. We all hate it. Hang on, I hear some love it. Either way, we have no choice: waking up is a part of everybody’s day.
If you’ve ever wondered what other people’s morning rituals (or daily struggles) look like, you are about to get a sneak peak.
First up, third year Pau Castellví Canet gives an account of a complex morning reality. His involvement in a variety of extracurriculars and jobs leaves him no choice but to sacrifice sleep. No wonder his morning strategies all involve the secret weapon of any sleep-deprived student: the alarm clock. For maximal effect, Pau tries putting the alarm in a variety of places:
1. Between piles of books “where non-delicate items may easily fall from place”, thus making extra noise.
2. In a full closet where retrieving it would require that extra dose of effort.
3. On the rim of the sink, so he can splash cold water into his face directly after turning it off.
so much bliss. A simple fruit to many, but indispensable in the life of Mariel. Sometimes strawberries and apples just can’t cut it.
Surprisingly, nobody has mentioned caffeine yet. Luckily, second year Timothy Merkel springs to the rescue. “It all depends on how much time I have”, he says, quickly adding: “but coffee is pretty much the most important part of starting the morning.” If there’s time for breakfast, he likes it hot. No complicated fry-ups though: plain porridge will do. Timothy’s ideas on morning rituals: “These are all things you do to energize yourself for the day and you’ve got to figure out what’s going to have the biggest concentration of energy to do that.”
Third year Linda has the most spiritual approach: if there’s enough time, she prays. This is the most complicated ritual as there is a lot of hand, face, head, leg and foot washing involved before the prayer actually begins. Praying is “the best way to start your day”, Linda says. She admits to being a bit superstitious about the possible consequences of missing her morning prayers. It’s easy to start thinking that “everything could go wrong.” Apart from it being her duty as a Muslim, Linda’s morning ritual keeps her mind balanced and ready for a new day.
This is all very nice, but what happened to all the girlie girls? This is where second year Laura Kropp butts in to remind us that doing your hair and make-up is remains an essential part for some women, even in our generation. Laura’s morning rituals include making a cup of tea, brushing her teeth, doing her hair, getting dressed, doing her make-up (“I paint my face on”), packing her bag and brushing her teeth again before class. Oral hygiene: check. Perfect eyeliner: check. There are worse ways of starting the day.
To round things off, Tycho Tromp shows us how to do mornings the Dutch way. Three essential elements: his bike, ‘vlokken’ and national pride. What is a morning without good old Dutch milk, cornflakes and those little chocolate pieces that puzzle many a foreigner? And how can you start the day without a bike-ride, even if as short as the distance to Newton? If in doubt, don’t walk but cycle in Holland.
Rather than using your morning as an opportunity to hit the snooze button exhaustively, perhaps it’s not a bad idea to experiment a bit more. Who knows? It might make your 9am just that little bit nicer.