Being Late

It’s just terrible to be late, isn’t it? It just doesn’t look good.

Being late for a meeting, school, class, work, or your favorite TV show just isn’t fun. I always feel that I’m missing something important (especially if it’s the TV show).

Perhaps you overslept. Or perhaps you fell asleep in the shower. Or maybe, just maybe, you got stuck in traffic. Traffic is the worst kind of late because you’re conscious of how late you are, especially because there’s a clock in your car (and not one in your shower).

And profanities ensue if you’re in the car, as well.

Being late is just plain awful. In fact, I hate it so much that I avoid it as much as possible. That’s right. I’m, for the most part, always on time to my appointments, or class, if I’m not missing them altogether. Sometimes, I avoid being late by not going…and that’s probably worse than being late anyway. It’s a bad situation.

If you want to avoid being late, then try to set an alarm for your event on your phone. You probably carry your cell phone with you everywhere, so why not use the little calendar they build into every phone? It’s easy to program events and activities into a phone. It’s almost no work at all.

If you don’t like the cell phone idea, go old school and carry a planner. They’re great. I use one, and its saved me from forgetting/being late to many an appointment.

If you’re an oversleeper (like me), you want to make sure you set your alarm a few minutes earlier than you normally would. That way, you can snooze a bit without being late.

Of course, planners and alarms don’t prevent the worst kind of lateness: traffic.

If you ever get stuck in traffic…well, there’s not much I can tell you there. You just have to suck it up and deal with it. Take a chill pill, sit back, and wait for it to pass. That’s what I do. It’s the only way.

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3 Responses to “Being Late”


  1. 1 auntbethany December 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Neat idea for a blog! I hate being late when you can’t find a parking spot. You can arrive 15 minutes early to an event, and STILL be late because your school decides it’s more important to build another dorm instead of expanding the parking lot…sigh. Great post!

  2. 3 thelifeofjamie December 5, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    I hate being late! I have friends who are habitually 30 minutes late and it drives me nuts. For my wedding, you can hear on the video a friend saying, “Jamie said her wedding won’t be late. It will start between 5:59 and 6:01” and guess what- it did!


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