Do You Live With Someone Who Is Your Opposite?
By Tom Herrin
There is an old saying about opposites attracting. I suppose it is something like opposite ends of a magnet. Whichever is the case, there does appear to be something to it. Even in marriages, many of us feel that we have met our perfect mate only to find out after we have tied the knot that we are actually very different. Some of this can work really well and some can become quite a pain. Even with our differences, many of us can have very successful relationships as we work through these scheduling issues. If this is so, we should be able to do the same with others with whom we differ.
Nightlife Has Its Perks
Lots of people enjoy living it up at night, but they may be dead to the world once it catches up with them. Still others function their best later in the day. These are people who may sleep in but can get going later and continue going strong well into the evening. Many of these people have plenty of issues when they attempt to run on an early schedule. They may find themselves less productive and unable to function well. Those of us who tend to do better later also may have an easier time in workouts that are done later in the day as well.
Early Risers May Still Get Ahead
Those who prefer getting up early for the head start may still find a certain amount of success by doing so. Many people seem to feel that those who are at it early deserve credit. The truth is that anyone may be able to do well, but adhering to a personal schedule that works for them may well be best. This may be due to a personal internal clock, or circadian rhythm, that enables them to be active at a certain time and sleep at another time. Each of us has a different one, and that is actually good.
Living With Opposites
We can't all find others with our same internal clock. When we end up being paired with someone who is relatively opposite, we may still be able to make it work. If each will move their alarms just a bit, they may be able to gradually make a change. We should avoid forcing a new schedule on anyone. Learning to coexist may take practice and tolerance. It will be worthwhile.
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