A waiter’s perception of time:

How does your level of excitement and/or anticipation affect the passage of time in your perception?

Waiting (Photo credit: Bondseye)

It’s like Christmas, isn’t it? When you’re really excited about something, or even just looking forward to an imminent reward, does time slow down or speed up? It seems to me the older I get, the faster the stream of time slips by. Still, today is Friday and I’m looking forward to the weekend after a fifty-hour week! How fast will today go?

Fortunately, I have a few ways of making time go faster (“fortunately, I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency”). I brainstorm article ideas; I have a mile-long list that I have yet to crack. I also try to stay prepared one job ahead at work, but sometimes that’s a fool’s errand, as the demand for parts tends to change erratically.

For lunch I will head over to Starbucks and get myself a green tea latte with my reward, and that will help me get through to the safety committee meeting at three o’clock. After that, it’s just a short jaunt before I’m cleaning up at 4:45 and leaving at 5:30. The weekend has never seen so close, and yet so far away.

But at least I have something to look forward to, right? Time never seems to pass slower than when one has nothing to do and nothing to look forward to – better to be busy and waiting, I say. It seems to me that the speed of time’s passage is directly proportional to how much you have to do; stay busy and time will pass quickly. The lazier you are, the more it slows down.

Now that’s an incentive to work hard!

This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.


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