When I was younger, I was constantly late for things. I'd run about 10 or 15 minutes late, mostly because I felt like I had to cram as much activity as possible into every minute. I'd be doing something and look at my watch and realize I was already behind, then I'd get in the car and hope all the traffic lights went my way.
Not a very good way to live, is it?
Finally one of my friends said to me, "You need to be on time so you can slow down and enjoy life."
That's an interesting phrase, isn't it? Slow down and enjoy life. I never looked at it that way before. I never realized that slowing down might have actually make the minutes I spent be more enjoyable than when I was rushing through them. And that included the time I spent with my friends.
Now, many years later, I'm usually early for things. I've learned to just leave early and if I get there ahead of someone, I take those few moments to just chill out and daydream. (We all need a little time to daydream, don't we?)
If you have a tardiness problem like I once did, I have some advice for you. Being late can affect your friendships, and it can also stress you out. Get a handle on it so you can enjoy life just a little bit more.