Opinion by J1 Reporter Lauren Novacek
“I am running late.” If I had to pick my least favorite saying that would win the golden prize. I would like to know what people do not understand about time. If a meeting starts at 7. You bet I expect you there at 7 and not one second later.
As you probably can guess by now, I’m a very impatient person. If someone isn’t ready to leave when I’m ready, my heart starts beating faster, I begin doing every single nervous habit that comes to mind. I start pacing, biting my nails, sweating, and I pull out all of my split ends.
I start thinking about what time I am going to arrive places weeks beforehand. I will go over the plan of action several times before the day comes. The plan includes what route I’m taking, how will the traffic affect it, and what time would it be best to get there.
My usual rule of thumb is if you aren’t there at least 10 minutes before the designated time, then you are late. Being late is just plain rude. It is disrespectful and implies that you are careless.
Time is vital. It is vital to your student life, to your career, to your friendships, and to life in general. If there was one life lesson I could leave behind it would be to always be on time.
I am most irritated when people are late to work. Especially, when it is the coworker that is supposed to take over your shift. I get very frustrated because you have a job and you should be there at the time given. It is called responsibility. It can not be that hard.
So, what time is it? It is time to get a watch. I’m not even kidding. This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. You need one. You need to be on time. C’mon now. I believe in you. You CAN make it on time to places. Take a little bit of time out of our day and buy a watch. You just slap it on your wrist and read it. Read it all the time, every day, so that you can be on time and hopefully even a little early. If you do not want to do it for yourself, do it for me.
Another fun fact. If you do not care to buy a watch, have you every heard of a phone? I know you all have one. It is basically connected to us at all times. If you were not aware already, the time is on your phone. Isn’t that amazing? I know. Absolutely incredible. Whatever you need to do to keep track of time, do it. I just ask that you actually start being at your destination on time. You can take baby steps. It’s your time to be on time.