Daylight Savings Time. I know, it’s a pain in the butt. Twice a year, reset your clocks, and try to live with an hour less/an hour more sleep. Here’s a couple of facts. We get about 15 hours of daylight in summer at its height. We get about 9 in the depths of winter. Right now, for us in the Midwest, in June the sun comes up around 6 and sets around 9. If we didn’t go on DST it would come up around 5 and set around 8. Because we run our lives by the clock, that puts some of the coveted daylight before most of us head for work, and it was, at one point, decided we wanted our daylight after our work day. Keep in mind, the Indians and the farmers, folks that don’t rely on clocks, are likely to get up with the sun, so their internal clock changes slowly, instead of the big hour change we get twice a year. Now if we stayed on DST, and skipped standard time, that means in winter our daylight hours would be more like 10 to 6 instead of 9 to 5. This was tried once, and it meant kids waiting for school buses in total darkness, feeling like the middle of the night. Now, I’m not asking you to agree, I’m just trying to point out some of the thinking behind the time change. Mostly, if you are dead set against DST, you should know what it will be like without it.
But here is the real point I want to make. Let’s not look at DST in terms of whether it is good or bad, let’s see it as a fact of life. Because, right now it is, and this country has bigger issues to worry about. According to experts, those that succeed in life, those that get further, those that live longer, do so by learning to adapt to change. It can be big change, like living in country where a war breaks out, or ordinary change, like moving, or a new baby, a new boss, any change can throw you into a tail spin. Adapting to change makes you a better survivor. So don’t think about DST as an evil, think of it as training. Search your ninja soul and see if you can’t conquer DST in a day instead of an entire crabby week. Take action, do some relaxation, learn to cope with a little less sleep, go to be earlier, prepare for it, do whatever helps, but make it a training session instead of an evil cast upon you by outside sources. You can do it!!