Each day we wake up. Leaving a state of peace and restoration. A state of being which is believed to be perhaps the first and only state of life. You see sleep is the original state. The woken state, it’s believed, came after much evolution, as a necessity for survival. As simple life evolved to seek out energy to consume, an alert state of being was naturally selected to prevent against attack, or to improve the odds of finding nourishment, however it’s probably too early to say which came first.
But the state of being awake has it costs. It is the destructive state, where more energy is used than produced, where contact is made with dangerous elements. Stress, UV, extreme temperatures of warm and cold, poisons, and predators. All pose great risk to us when we wake up and begin to move about. So then, it can be believed that the act of waking up is one of the most courageous activities made by living creatures, as little as it may seem. It is not to be underestimated or belittled. And it’s no wonder it’s not enjoyed by most. As we open our eyes, allowing the sleepy state to wash off our minds, and choose to become vertical, to go find food, water, and contact, we are making a daily ritual that has been practiced for at least the last for the last 5 hundred million years.