For My Fellow Early Risers: The Mystery of 4am
For a time that I find to be the most placid and uneventful hour of the day, four in the morning sure gets an awful lot of bad press. ~Rives
One of the great mysteries of my life is that regardless of where I am in the world – Tokyo, London, Toronto, New York, or at home in Maui, Hawaii – I wake each morning (without the aid of an alarm clock) at precisely 4am.
Truthfully, I’ve never really given the reason for this anomaly much thought because I’ve always considered it a blessing of sorts. I love to have my coffee while watching the sunrise over Mt. Haleakala, and it’s my favorite time of day to write.
Now, thanks to this (largely tongue in cheek) TED presentation by performance artist John Rives, I was stunned (okay, maybe mildly amused) to learn that 4am has become some sort of meme or shorthand for being awake at the worst possible hour … a time for inconveniences, mishaps, mysteries and scheming of the worst possible kind.
I present to you, the mystery of 4am …
Rives is a frequent TED contributor. A regular on HBO’s Def Poetry Jame, Rives also starred alongside model Bar Refaeli in the 2008 Bravo special Ironic Iconic America, touring the United States on a “roller coaster ride through the eye-popping panorama of American pop culture.” If you like his sense of humor, you may want to take a look at his other TED Talk presentation.
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