Imagine this: you’re driving in your car and you drive right past the street you were supposed to turn on. Many people, myself included, have probably panicked and attempted to haphazardly correct their error without any regard to safety or proper driving techniques.
Just today, I watched a man in the passenger seat of a car yelling at the (rather young looking) driver for being in the right turn lane when he should have been going straight. He almost caused a severe accident in the middle of a very busy intersection.
As I stood there, mouth agape from almost witnessing an accident, I thought to myself: the potential price of immediately correcting an error doesn’t seem to justify the time saved by having to take the detour. In this particular case, would saving two minutes making a few left turns to get back to the correct direction be worth taking a rather damaging impact to the driver side of your car?
That thought caused an entirely different tangential line of thought to bloom: why should I push so hard to be right all the time, the first time?
You see, I absolutely hate when I miss goals and/or expected performances. I can’t take it. I need to meet and/or exceed damned near everything that is asked of me, especially from myself. I get sick in the stomach and disappointed should that not be the case.
And yet here I am, thinking about how trivial it would be to take a detour. To not feel like you must correct an error at the point where it occurs. Pot, kettle, black, etc.
I am pretty sure it stems from a lack of patience. “If I can’t have it now, it’s completely ruined!” is what my brain is thinking, and that has been the case for as long as I know.
Well, no more, silly brain.
I am determined to fix this weird behaviour (starting with myself) that we need to be on the right path from the start. We all want to end up somewhere in particular, but does it really matter that you have to take a different route to get there? Does it really matter that you’re going to get there a little later than you had intended?
Don’t be silly. It will still be there when you do arrive.
(Unless it’s a limited edition Pokemon card.)