Teen Beat | Grace Fowler

I never really understood the power of a nap until a few months ago. I had to train myself to be able to fall asleep when it was still light outside. But recently, I have been so busy and so tired that it has become a luxury I look forward to some days.

I used to only take naps when I had the flu or a migraine. I never really liked falling asleep during the day because when I woke up, it felt like it should be morning. I didn’t like feeling groggy and slow for the rest of the day. Therefore, I reserved napping for times of dire need.

About two months into this school year, I started not only napping but also drinking coffee. I HATE COFFEE. Well, I used to anyways. But when napping didn’t keep me awake in first hour, I knew I had to try something else. Coffee’s great attraction isn’t its taste. It’s the caffeine. I won’t touch it unless it’s either heavily creamed or sugared. As far as keeping me awake, it does work wonders. I’m able to get through the day without propping my eyelids open with toothpicks. Unfortunately, the effects start wearing off and by about 2:30 p.m., all I can think of is crawling into bed.

Since we moved here in January, I have started doing a lot of things that I never saw myself doing — or at least not until I was a lot older. I’m not only talking about drinking coffee and taking naps, but also things like going to social events almost every day, staying up until 2 a.m. on a school night and having parties at my house with friends.

If someone from my life back in Colorado came here and saw how I lived now, they would think a different person had possessed me. I used to go home on weekends and go for walks, read my book and really do a whole lot of nothing. I had zero interest in the high school social atmosphere or staying up late. I never really felt part of the “scene.”

A lot of the things I do now, my old self would have frowned upon. However, now I realize that letting my hair down a little isn’t all bad. Sure, sometimes I wish I had gotten more sleep or I had studied a little more for that test, but usually what I end up doing instead is more fun and way worth it.

So I guess what I’m saying is that sometimes it’s good to give in to your temptations and live a little. Stay up too late with your friends, go to a midnight movie on a school night or try something completely out of your box because — who knows — it might give you a new perspective. And if you at least put yourself out there, you won’t have to ask, “What if?”

 Grace Fowler is a senior at Greenville High School. She can be reached at grace@staffordmediasolutions.com.

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