Wake Up Early

I’ve always embraced sleep, but since being abroad, I embrace lack of sleep.

Logically, I thought that while settling into Spanish culture, in which the “siesta” is a treasured part of each day, I would be spending a healthy portion of my days asleep.  In other words, I thought I would be less busy and more relaxed.

 

 

Aspire by API Gap Year Abroad - Sevilla Spain mural

Well, I guess I couldn’t have been more wrong because most days I am busy and not sleeping.  And I guess I couldn’t be happier to be wrong because I have never felt more alive.

Aspire by API Gap Year Sevilla Spain - Big blue sky

From the very beginning, I promised myself that I would take advantage of every single day here; that I would greet the morning with a smile; that I would never miss out on any opportunity; that I would allow myself to hit the snooze button once—and only once.  These are policies I take seriously here, and by doing so I feel myself gaining discipline, time, and best of all: life.

Every day I step out onto the street and into the daylight, and regardless of whether or not I am tired (which I usually am), I cannot ignore the fact that my day will have a purpose.  Maybe I’m going to practice Spanish with my intercambio, or maybe we’re going on a field trip to the Real Alcázar during class.  Maybe I want to bike along the Guadalquivir to a new part of the city and explore.  Maybe it’s 4 am and I’m catching an early plane to London, or maybe I just caught a 1 am bus back from Madrid after seeing Mumford & Sons in concert.  No matter what the “maybe” is, I can guarantee that I would rather not be sleeping.

So, wake up early and take the sun in.  Or as they say here in Spain, toma el sol!  Do it every day, and be grateful for the time you spend abroad.

Aspire by API Seville Spain - toma el sol

I know my days are numbered, and that I will regret it forever if I fail to use them wisely.  So what’s being a little sleep deprived when you can have a memory forever?

This post was written by Christine O., who studied with us in Seville, Spain.

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