If you were to ask ten people what their pet peeve is, guaranteed at least one of them would answer: punctuality. Some people hate it when their friends are late - and honestly, I don't blame them. Simply put, it sucks to wait.
But also, I'm not into self-denial and so I'll freely admit that I'm that terrible friend who is never on time. Literally. Ask anyone who knows me, and they'll all tell you the same thing: I'm great at a lot of things, but being on time isn't one of them. To my friends, who I've kept waiting for countless hours, I'm really sorry. This one's for you. Read on for Struggles Of Having A Friend Who' Always Late.
1. The "Did they even try?" feeling.
Speaking on behalf of those of us who are constantly late, let me tell you: we tried. We wanted to meet you at the time we said we would; we were so confident that we would, too. We believed in ourselves, but sadly, things didn't work out that way. Just know that with every passing second, we get more and more disappointed in ourselves, too.
2. Trying to figure out how close your friend is.
Because you know that whatever they say, it's probably a lie. Oh, they're ten minutes away? Okay, except it's more like ten minutes away from beginning to get ready. Sure, they could be telling the truth - but if they have a history of chronic tardiness? The odds are not in their favour. Sidenote: I admit, I do this way too often. It's terrible. I know. But we all have things we need to work on in life, friends.
3. Knowing that they laugh in the face of the STM.
Real talk, the STM isn't exactly the most trustworthy means of transportation. I mean, nothing really is, if you think about it - but the point is that any functioning Montrealer knows to plan ahead in case the bus comes late, or the metro shuts down.
But us late arrivers? Oh no. Not us. We like to live in a fantasy world where everything runs smoothly, and where it takes us ten minutes to get to a place that's twenty minutes away.
4. And that traffic means nothing to them.
At this point, pretty much everyone in the city knows to watch out between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. That's prime rush hour time, and so if you've got somewhere to be, it's super smart if you leave just a tad earlier.
But those of us who are constantly late are a special breed, friends, and so we like to ignore all logic and leave it up to fate. Who knows, maybe today will be the day that the construction ends? One could only hope.
5. The sad reality when they choose sleep over you
When it comes down to hitting the snooze button or springing out of bed and into the cold, cruel world? Yeah, some people would rather hit the snooze button.
I know it can feel super terrible when your friend picks ten more minutes in their blankets versus respecting your schedule - but trust me when I say that they're not even thinking about the delicate friendship bond that exists between you guys when they make this decision. Which actually just might make things worse, TBH.
6. Knowing that once the initial five minutes passes, it's all over.
Since they've already doomed you to waiting, they're going to go out in a blazing flame of lateness.
7. Wondering how someone's sense of time could be so messed up.
When they say they'll be there in five minutes, they really, truly mean it. Except somehow, for them, five minutes actually means 15 minutes. How does this temporal leap occur? Nobody knows.
8. Deciphering if your friend's delusional or just optimistic.
So they're leaving now, eh? Cool, except you guys have to meet up in five minutes, and how can they be so sure that the metro won't break down or that they won't run into an old friend on the street? The truth is that they can't. They're living life in a bubble of blind optimism. It's beautiful, but also kind of delusional.
9. The eternal debate on whether you should call them out or not.
On the one hand, you're friends. On the other hand - exactly, you're friends. Being late all the time is unfair to those of us who do show up on time; although, time is an illusion and relationships are the only solid thing in life.
Being constantly late doesn't make someone a bad friend. But keeping them in the dark about this slight character flaw won't make you a great friend, either. Protip: if you ponder this philosophical argument, the time will just melt away, and before you know it your friend will have shown up.
10. Knowing that, at the end of the day, they're procrastinators at heart.
You can't blame them for their character, right? ... Right?!