Yesterday I met my friend for dinner. In the nineties we studied together and this year we are in each others lives for twenty years.
We don't see each other very often anymore, but when we do meet, we always have fun and can talk endlessly, and we always make each other laugh, even though we talk about some serious problems now and then (of our own and in the world).
We had great food and very nice white wine. After ordering the first glass of wine, I thought a second about Mysore, and decided again that tomorrow I would take a rest day.
I told her about my new lifestyle, my Mysore Class in the morning at 6 AM. She was excited about it and asked me several questions and she did not seem a bit amazed about the early hour.
Soon I understood why: She gets up every day at 4.55 AM. Exclamation point indeed! When her alarm wakes her up, she jumps out of bed, puts on her clothes en shoes and she goes outside for a 30-40 minutes run. In winter time she goes for a run three times per week, but in spring and summer, every day. We high-fived.
Now I know even more that I am not alone at that early morning hour. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself (only a second or so, but still) when it is dark outside and it looks as if the rest of the world is still sleeping. I think it is comforting to know that my friend is also up (and running) and outside, seeing the same sun and the same moon.
We shared how we love to see the sun rise and hear the birds sing and the feeling of total bliss we have when we arrive back home after our morning practice.
I took this picture in Berlin, obviously