How important is your time to you? In Los Angeles, time seems to stop. Everything runs behind including what’s considered being late. A plan of action is almost never really as solid as it may sound. Slight rain, an alarm that doesn’t go off or distance can instantly erase opportunity. The goal posts continue to move backward with little resistance. The social temperature meter here has always been – hurry up and wait. No rush. Arriving late is the norm and you better not challenge it. Know that you are in the minority if you do.
I’ve only lived in Los Angeles as an adult but I’ve been to a few places. In the Caribbean, slow motion is the only option. In New York, the city absolutely refuses to wait for you. You either adjust to the flow or the pace eats you up. Yes, we choose where we want to live, but executing shouldn’t be a regional proposition.
I believe most of us fit into one of two categories:
You’re either someone who talks about things you want to do or, you’re doing things you want to talk about. I’ll admit – I’ve fit very comfortably into both categories from time to time.
Here’s the irony; technology has allowed the city to become much more efficient. Buses and trains are running closer to their scheduled times than they ever did. The Metrolink motto is “more trips, more often.” Parking meters now accept credit cards in addition to change. Freeways provide signal alerts warning about what’s ahead. There’s an entire network collaborating and supporting opportunities for Angelinos to step into a world of efficiency.
Why haven’t we embraced time? Why are we still slow to go? Sure, warm weather caresses a lazy sensibility that we all have deep inside of us. Kids, work, friends and our own attention to ourselves are legitimate time designators and they deserve to be. These designators should remind us of how precious time really is. Anything taken for granted can be taken away. Do it. Get up and get out – at least you know the weather is going to be nice.