Not Enough Time?
My wife and I recently took a trip and had an early flight scheduled. I calculated to the best of my ability the time it would take to drop off our children in two locations, go to the bank, drop our car off at park and ride, get through security, travel to the concourse and board the plane on time. Well, in the beginning everything seemed fine. However, I didn’t account for all of the unknown variables that could and would eventually slow me down. When we arrived at the airport, I realized that we were “very” late and didn’t take into consideration the Friday rush at the airport. We got through security sweating and hoping that it wouldn’t take long on the train to the concourse. When we came down to arrive on the train, it was traveling slower than normal so it took a while for us to get on it. I knew we wouldn’t make it at this point, but I was still hoping that by some miracle, we would still make the flight. So there we were, running to the gate, panicking, sweating, dragging luggage and, you guessed it, we missed the flight. We were at least 10-15 minutes too late. Needless to say, my wife was angry at me because it was my fault, literally.
It’s not that we didn’t have enough time to make it to the airport, it was the simple fact that I wasn’t wise with the time I was given beforehand to catch the flight on time. Honestly, I don’t feel I was wasting time either, but I understand now that you can still waste time by not taking every moment into account. If I would have figured in about 45 more minutes we would have been able to catch our plane.
Can you honestly see how someone can waste so much time, even when you think you aren’t wasting time? Not calculating could be detrimental. Thank God that my wife and I were able to get on the next flight!
Time is precious.