only help my unbelief


What happens when you grow up
November 21, 2008, 11:19 pm
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I remember in high school, my best friend Sam and I would stay up late into the night on Thursdays talking on the phone. “Tomorrow doesn’t count,” we would say. “It’s OK if you’re tired.”

I was glad that principle still exists somewhat, because last night I was out later than normal. But as soon as I got home around 11:45 p.m, I went immediately into the bathroom to get ready for bed. By 11:55 p.m. I was out.

And now, on a quiet Friday night, it’s 11:15 and I’m ready for bed. I could stay up later, doing who knows what. But I’m tired. And I don’t get quite the same thrill of staying up late that I used to.

I think that, especially in college, it’s exciting to stay up just because you can. I don’t even know how many nights I would be up until 3 a.m. when I had an 8 or 9 a.m. class the next morning. It was OK, though, because I could take a nap later.

When you get old, like me, there’s no time for naps, let alone much else. And once you know you’re capable of staying up until 3 a.m., even long enough to go get a sub at a place that’s open so late, what’s the point? I’ve been there, done that, suffered the consequences.

And so tonight, I’m going to go to bed and wake up before 10 a.m. probably, just because my body tells me to. And I’ll be a happy camper.