No need to rush

I don’t know when exactly I changed. When I was young, I was always early to appointments and was very stressed out if there was a chance I wouldn’t make it in time. Now, I still am an overall punctual person, but I picked up the bad habit of cutting it really close on many occasions. Like, if there’s an information event at one of my kids’ school at 18:30, I’d arrive in the room at 18:30, with everybody already there and the event looking like it started five minutes ago.

It drives my wife crazy sometimes, because she’s still a ten-minutes-early person. On the other hand, it drives me crazy trying to get my children to do anything in time, haha! Getting them to leave for school in the morning inevitably turns into a hectic spectacle. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. It’s amazing how conditioned us adults are to time. But, alas, that’s apparently one of the trade offs of living in an industrialized society. While I do feel like a slave to the clock sometimes, I sure appreciate it that the trains leave on time and in general people and institutions are reliable in that regard.

Anyway, I have to pick up my kids from the scouts in time, so I have to quit typing now!

Stef

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2 comments on “No need to rush
  1. Manuel says:

    Well, well, looks like someone is in need of another round of military basic training, if you started to cut things close! ­čśë

    “F├╝nf Minuten vor der Zeit,
    ist Soldatenp├╝nktlichkeit!”
    ­čśÇ

  2. lurker says:

    Having never been in the military, I get conflicting views on how they view on time.
    As Manuel says, I often hear/read that “you are late if you are not 5 minutes early”, or something similar.
    And then I read other stories, where “If you are supposed to be somewhere at 10:00, I don’t mean 09:59, or 10:01. I want you to be ON TIME”. I get the feeling the second group have survived military actions where someone started early…

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