Are you always the early one? I am. So is my husband, which can mean we make a dangerous couple, four hours early for a flight anyone…?
The other day, I was early, as always. I was meeting my friends in London at 12pm. I live an hour and half away. I got there at 11.10am… It’s an 88 minute journey and I’d basically left myself an extra hour… story of my life.
Selfies: A Time Killing Standard
But that’s ok. The internet’s full of ‘Early People Problems‘, (some ever dare to suggest that all early people are pessimists!) but I just don’t have any problems with being early. I don’t spend my early time feeling resentful that other people aren’t there. It’s my choice. I’m a panic-er, I would SO rather be an hour early than spend my journey sweating with fear that I might be late.
Besides, I’d rather kill an hour close to where I need to be, than at home and then potentially face delays. Besides, it’s so easy to kill time in London!
Take the chance to wander the streets of majestic London!
So, early people, let’s celebrate our forward-thinking and obsessive time-checking. Let’s not lament ‘Early People Problems’, but party in some ‘Early People Perks!‘
- You get choose where you sit at a dinner table!
- You can explore the area and learn what’s around. Then when it comes to deciding where to go next – you’re an expert!
- You might discover something cool! (On this occasion, I went into the Tate and stumbled across an enormous swinging pendulum!)
- You have time to grab anything you’ve forgotten. (Like a birthday card because you forgot you were meeting up for their birthday…)
- Delays do not stress you out. Leaves on the rails and half-hour delays? No problem! (I’ll still be twenty minutes early!)
- Employers, and potential employers, love you.
- You get a chance to settle, relax and get comfortable. Run to the loo, take a breath, fix your windswept hair – all in your own time!
- You learn to be content with your own company and occupy yourself.
Now I get it, my earliness is not an inherently positive thing, I stress way too much at the thought of being even a little late, and it can make me very cranky as we get ready to go, or induce a panic attack. And not everyone finds it easy to be on time, I know a lot of people whose anxiety holds them back and tries to keep them indoors. If I could be on time, and be happy with being on time, I would. But until I’m in that place, why not celebrate the perks of arriving hours early in a strange town?!
Are you an early person or a late one? Let me know in the comments below.