A couple of months back, when B had to get his CA driver’s license, I left him in line by himself at the DMV because I couldn’t take the wait any longer. I was peeved at unclear instructions, people trying to cut the line, and just a whole mess of problems. I told him that I just wasn’t good at waiting. Only, it didn’t sit right with me. I don’t want to be the person impatiently waiting in line full of sighs and huffs and sardonic eye rolls.
So I decided to change.
Stuck in traffic? A chance to use the car Bluetooth to catch up with a loved one.
Waiting for two hours for my car to get serviced? How nice to be able to relax while someone else changes my oil and rotates my tires.
A long line at the DMV? An opportunity to read a book.
It’s been a weird experiment. I have more patience when waiting now. I know the people working are doing their best. And I know from experience that getting upset doesn’t make the time go by faster. Quite the opposite, honestly.
I feel much more chill now, which is exactly how I want to be. I can’t change that I have to wait, but my attitude adjustment has made me a much happier person.