We’ve all heard the saying: patience is a virtue. As true as it may be, some of us are just flat-out incapable of developing that quality. Life isn’t easy when you’re impatient, and other people tend to think that you’re unreasonably tense all the time. For those of you who don’t quite get this way of life, or for anyone who needs to know that they’re not alone, here are five struggles that only impatient people seem to understand.
- Online shopping is painful
Any inconveniences that are avoided through online shopping are almost immediately outweighed by the pain of waiting for the purchase to arrive. Instant gratification is our best friend. This means that the order status page will be refreshed at least 500 times before it gets delivered, and don’t even get me started on the horror of sites that don’t provide shipping status updates.
- Laid-back people are kind of terrible sometimes
It’s great that you’re so relaxed, really, but could you maybe try to be just a little more considerate of us timely folks? If I have plans with someone at 3:00, I expect them to arrive at 2:59. If I ask you a question over text, I’d love a reply within 5 minutes or less, ‘cause I know you have that phone in your hand at all times. That way, nobody has to get the “where are you?” phone call or double text, and I don’t have to break out in hives because I can’t wait around for another minute.
- Lines are dangerous
I’m not kidding. I’ve probably made some enemies in lines due to my impatience. It’s great to be friendly and all, but an ultra-chatty cashier is the absolute worst when I want to get in and out of somewhere in a hurry, and if you’re going to use coupons, do us all a favor and get them ready before you’re at the front of the line. I’m not willing to sacrifice my time so that you can save ten cents on your toothpaste.
- Waiting for your food is torture …
A hungry, impatient person whose order is taking forever to arrive is not someone you want to mess with. If I’m hungry, I need to eat right now. I physically don’t have the ability to enjoy myself until my meal is in front of my face. Until that point, you can find me watching the waiter like a hawk, and don’t bother with conversation.
- … and traffic is just as bad
The thing about traffic is that it’s unpredictable and out of anyone’s control. Maybe you’ll be caught up in the same spot for 30 seconds, or maybe you won’t move for another 30 minutes. Either way, you can’t do anything about it. If you’re stuck, you’re stuck. All the screaming and banging on the steering wheel won’t get you where you need to be any faster than if you were cool, calm, and collected (but everyone knows that’s impossible).
If you’re pestered by a hungry restaurant patron or hear a loud sigh behind you in line while you take your sweet time to pay, don’t take it personally. Impatient people can’t help it! We do what we can to not let things get to us, but it can’t be avoided every time. Just take any bad attitude with a grain of salt, and do what you can to keep us on time and running efficiently. Trust me, it will be appreciated.