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to be early is to be on time

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i’m never on time.  i’m either grotesquely early or uncomfortably late.  or if i am on time, it so happens that everyone else is sooooo late, that me being on time is actually freakishly early.

i used to be a part of an organization in high school called key club, and during the conferences that i attended they had this saying:

to be early is to be on time

to be on time is to be late

to be late is unacceptable

for some reason, it’s a priority for me to be early.  i get noticeably anxious when i’m supposed to be somewhere at a given time and i feel like i’m not going to make it.  it could be a dinner, a meeting, anything.  i just feel like i HAVE to be there on time and the world will end if i don’t.  the world’s existence depends on me being on time to a surprise birthday dinner.

on the flip side, i have ALOT of friends who make it a point to be late.  but not just late, ABSURDLY late.  and not just once, but EVERY TIME.  needless to say, this makes it very difficult for someone like me who tries to be on time all the time to get things done as scheduled.

when i’m late, i feel really bad.  what i have noticed is that a lot of my white friends tend to be a lot better with time management than my asian-american friends.  for some reason, “asian time” is acceptable.  i’m going to go out on a limb and say that the reason for this is because asian-americans are over achievers.  i know whenever i’m late, it’s usually because i THINK i can fit in another activity or errand before i have to be somewhere when i have gratuitously underestimated the amount of time it would take to complete said activity or errand.  and of course, this is just me.  from what i have observed, my friends who are constantly late just don’t have a concept of when they need to be somewhere and who it affects when they’re not there on time (sense some bitterness?).

are you on time?


Written by enoch

March 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Posted in from my mind

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  1. Haha….i don’t think it’s overachievers. Some people do it on purpose cause they don’t care if other people are waiting. It’s inconsiderate.


    March 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm

  2. Baby, I’m not always there when you call, but I’m always on time
    And I gave you my all, now baby be mine


    March 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

  3. Don’t you hate being early to things where everyone is super late and you’re the only one standing around?


    March 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

  4. being late/asian time is absolutely unacceptable. it’s a horrible offense that we’ve ‘learned’ from our parents and it must be corrected. then again, i’ve been an occasional offender. but! only to piss off the person that’s waiting.. hahaha


    April 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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