I am a morning person, and it doesn't make me cool in the least. Early rising is for our grandparents, not for young women in their mid-20's, right? Trust me, I have my night owl tendencies too, but nothing beats the quiet (competitive?) satisfaction of getting things done while the rest of the world is still sleeping and oversleeping.
I have my rituals. One I really enjoy is taking an early morning walk with a mug of tea. There's something energizing I find about waking my sleep-slowed brain up in fresh morning air. These walks usually give me time to put my head on properly, reflect a bit and focus myself before starting the day. I try to pack my camera with me on these walks too. I love seeing this city while it's still asleep.