March 3, 2008

I have a wait problem

I am not patient. I am an emotional fidget and feel a general unease when I am expecting something. I don’t wait well. If I am told I’ll have an answer/thing/test result by a specific date, and that date passes, I get very…very…well…impatient. I become agitated even before the specific date comes. It’s the waiting. It drives me crazy.

The mail at our house usually arrives by noon. If I’m home on a weekend, and I hear the mailman I will wait until I hear him slam the mailbox doors, and immediately go see what has arrived for me. Even if I am not expecting something specific. There might be a random check in there from someone or something, you know? My husband doesn’t usually bring in the mail. I remember walking with him to the mailbox before we lived together and he had days’ worth in the box. But for me, it’s the First Thing I Do when I get home. I gotta see it! Now!

I regularly order my lunch online from this place, so that when I arrive, it is ready and waiting for me on the pick-up shelf, with my name on the bag. Why order ahead when you have to wait in line once you get there to pick it up? And God forbid having to talk to a person to make the order. I don’t have time for idle chit chat. More waiting for my food! Gah!

I am a busy person. OK. Sometimes not really terribly busy, but I still hate waiting.

Here are four things I am currently waiting for (erm…I mean four things for which I am currently waiting”):

  1. My car. I want my baby back, and now would be a good time to return it to me. Cuz remember when you said I’d have it by the 26th? That was last week, Mister. And you had an extra day last month to finish the work, and I still don’t have it. Please hurry. Kthanksbye.
  2. An email from JPG Magazine either congratulating me for my outstanding photo or rejecting my sucky-ass photo I submitted for the upcoming issue. In one case, I shall jump around the house and clap and laugh and dance in circles and think I am the Most Awesomest Person Ever in the Whole Wide World. Should the email begin with “We at JPG Magazine regret to inform you…” I will pout and stomp my feet, think my every photo I ever took was a steaming pile of crap, and vow never to take another photo again. Until…ooh, look! Kitties!
  3. Confirmation that I am one of the 20,000 registered runners to Run Like a Girl. This even has become so popular, they had to set up registration as a lottery system this year and the chosen few thousand runners will be notified on April 1. It’s completely moronic that I am waiting for this right now because I cannot even register for the lottery drawing until tomorrow. But come ON! Can’t we move this process along? (tapping toes madly)
  4. About 35 pounds to disappear from my body. This is taking forever. Possibly because I have not made any changes to my eating habits to facilitate such. (I have no trouble waiting when it comes to starting a diet. Isn’t that funny?) But really, is it that bad that I can’t order my daily sandwich without throwing in the fresh-from-the-oven, big-as-my-face chocolate chip cookie for dessert? I mean, in the grand scheme of things? I only eat ONE per day. It’s not like I scarf 20 of them or anything. Gawd. What do you want from me???

So, where do you put yourself on the patience/impatience spectrum? Are you sitting by me bouncing your knee and biting your nails in nerve-wracking angst? Or are you way over there at the other end (Hello over there!) with the Zen folks, doing meditative breathing and reciting passages from the Book of Buddha?

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  • Dagny says:

    I used to teach elementary and middle school. My mother will tell you that this is proof that I have extreme patience. If I lose it, it’s because events have converged in the universe in such a way. But usually I’m pretty Zen. I had a good role model in my uncle when growing up. Absolutely nothing ruffles him. Perhaps that’s why he’s an imam.

    Oh, and when I think I think that I’m starting to lose it, I re-read The Tao of Pooh. For me, it helps to put things into perspective.

  • Dagny says:

    Oops. Sorry about the open tag.

  • Tobie says:

    I’m right there with you on the wait problem. And don’t get me started on tracking packages! If I order something I must check on its progess everyday. Because what if it got lost? Then I would know ahead of time. Right?

  • Sarah says:

    I’m a bit like you in that I’m not very good at waiting for other people, but there are times when people have to wait for me and that’s just fine. For example, I am rubbish at waiting for people to reply to my mails, but there’s a mail that’s been sitting in my inbox since 22nd December just waiting for me to pull my finger out and write a reply. Let’s not mention the one from 31st October. Or 15th September.

  • Green says:

    Speciality cookies are worth waiting in line for. I have the patience for those lines (but not the budget for the cookies, which is why I only buy Day Olds, plus I’m a jew and they’re half price), but only if the line is moving. If the cashier is slow, then I lose patience.

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