Life as an Enneagram 9: Waking Up is (Not) Hard to Do.

Taylor J. Bottles
4 min readFeb 17, 2020

I have no problem waking up in the morning, regardless of the chaos of the evening before. 8 hours of sleep. 4 hours of sleep. It matters not. I’m up by 6AM or 7AM ready to roll. Cup of coffee, journal, and a book. A routine I like to keep everyday of the week ( I do work a 9–5). I could drink till 4AM, hit the hay, be up at 7AM and feel like I slept 8 hours. A cold shower may be required to get the blood flow going and give me that jolt I need, but for the most part I’m wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to meet the day. For the longest time I didn’t know why. Friends and family had their opinions.

“You’re just a morning person…and an evening person.”

“You’ve always had a lot of energy.”

“You’re a psychopath.”

None of these reasons were very convincing to me, so I started diving in on my own, assessing my personality type and if that had anything to do with it. Asking the right questions was key —

What was I looking forward to during the day? Was it fear driven? Was it biological?

Questions piled up, but with no fulfilling answer. Then I found the Enneagram. Yes, I was also hesitant to fall into the hype. This thousand year old system for identifying personality types was ruined to me by the absolute hoopla it had been…