People who are always late aren’t optimistic, they’re jerks

Kirjoittaja on New Yorkissa varttunut ja Helsingissä naisistunut copywriter.

Dear Mom,

Ok, so you know this article that’s been circulating your Facebook feed for the past couple of weeks? The one with the picture of the hot girl and the headline that says ”Optimistic people have one thing in common: They’re always late”? Well now thousands, if not millions, of chronically late people are walking around (probably late for wherever they’re going) thinking that it’s not only OK to waste other people’s time but actually admirable.

Yeah, that makes sense. Because despite what that article says, those ”optimists” are actually self-centered jerkwads. Period.

As Diana DeLonzor, author of “Never be Late Again” says:

”People who are continuously late are actually just more optimistic. They believe they can fit more tasks into a limited amount of time more than other people and thrive when they’re multitasking. Simply put, they’re fundamentally hopeful.”

I’m sorry, but that’s bullshit. Believing that you can do more in less time than everyone isn’t optimistic, it’s egocentric.

Here’s a newsflash for you, Chronically Late Person. You’re not a superhero, you’re human just like the people you constantly keep waiting. No, you can’t fit more into less time than the rest of us. And since you’re ALWAYS late, you’d think you would have learned that by now. And maybe you would have, if you actually valued the time of the people waiting for you. But alas you don’t.

Diana DeLonzor goes on to say that:

”Telling a chronic late person to be on time is like telling a dieter, ’Don’t eat so much.'”

Well yes, that’s right, Diana! It actually is THAT SIMPLE!  Generally people who need to be on a diet SHOULD be eating less (believe me, I know). And people who are always late SHOULD just learn to be on time. How effing hard can that be?!?

Like Einstein said, ”Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So unless you have a note from your doctor saying you’re insane, there’s no excuse.

But hey, there is some hope. After all, it’s never too late to change!

Love, Lissu