Saturday, October 19, 2013

Personal Pet Peeve

For today’s post, I thought I would talk about a personal pet peeve of mine. This pet peeve would be when people are late.

First off, being late to meet with someone shows that you obviously do not value the other’s time, and view your time to be more important. Especially when this is a continuous problem. If we say we are meeting at 6, chances are I will be there ten minutes before. So when you come strolling in ten, fifteen, thirty, sixty minutes late- that tells me you don’t value my time, and you think that it was more important for you to accomplish *whatever* than be on time. For your information, had I known you would be late, there are countless other things I could have done with my time.

The next problem with being late is that for most, it seems to be a continual problem. I understand- and will forgive you- if it happens on occasion. For example, my husband was late for our first date (then again, he had just come off 18 hours of traveling and gotten about 2 hours of sleep). I understand that things come up, accidents happen, etc- but just be honest. Saying “I’m on my way!” And showing up an hour later when I know it should only take you 5 minutes- that’s bullshit.

This pet peeve grows even worse if I am doing you a favor. If I am going out of my way to do something for you- whether it is small, like dropping something off for you- or big, like giving you a ride somewhere 30 minutes away- you should be grateful and timely. Don’t waste my time, and I won’t waste yours.

To me, being on time is a matter of respecting other people. I KNOW there are other things and people you could be seeing- but you are choosing to make time for me. So I damn well better be there at or before the appointed time, because to me your time is valuable. And being late says that I don’t care about your time.

How do you feel about this issue? Are you usually the one that is early, or late?

A motto I have lived by: “To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. And to be late, is to be forgotten.”

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