There is a big irony of writing this post since I used to be one of those who not only always were in time to any meeting, but also 5-10 min there earlier. The thought of being late was stressful enough. However, two years of living in LA where everybody is chronically late (especially because of the traffic which is one of the most common excuses of being late) has had a tremendouse impact on me, not to the better. And somehow, I’m more of less often late. So here’s ten things only chronically late people understand.
1. When you text someone that you’re “5 mins away” it means you just left your place.
2. If you actually do arrive to something on time, your friends usually greet you with a surprised “What are you doing here?!”
3. And by the way, for you, “on time” means any arrival period that’s within a 10 minute range of when you should have gotten there.
4. For the most part, your reasons for being late are usually just mundane things you forgot to plan around – you got overconfident in the public transportation system, or you forgot to include parking time or time allotted for actually finding the restaurant you’re going to.
5. And if one of those things wasn’t the reason why you were late, it’s usually just that you were watching Netflix until the very. last. possible. second.
6. You’ve set your watch, your car clock, and anything else you can think of, to be at least 5-6 minutes fast. But it still doesn’t help you get anywhere on time. Instead, you just think, Oh perfect! I’ve got another 5-6 minutes before I have to leave.
7. Sometimes you do not want to be early to be polite. You may not want to disturb someone by getting there too soon—say, a friend’s dinner party—so you would rather get there a little late.
8. You know Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes: “I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” by heart.
9 . But you don’t consider yourself late, you consider yourself time-optimistic
10. Your life basically falls apart for two days whenever it’s Daylight Savings Time.
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