* This post was inspired by an Anastacia lyric: “They say timing/is everything/but nothing you control” This is from a song called ‘Time’, originally found on her Anastacia album, but was also recently released as a live version on her A 4 App version.
I was listening to a live version of the song Time, when the opening really struck me; not for the sentimental reasons as in the song, as it’s a song about making the most of each day, but for a completely different reason.
When I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, what was sort of noted is that I really dislike to be late; I can also become really upset when plans change suddenly at the last minute. (This happens less and less as I get older.) I also have the characteristic of having to plan far ahead, X amount of days in advance, etc. Over the past two years, teachers would also occasionally comment to me if I was early to a lesson. (I’d be waiting for ten minutes or less. Because I’d have rather have been outside a lesson room, than a place that was very overwhelming with noise.)
To me, just as the lyric suggested, timing is literally everything; keeping to a vague sort of timetable is something I do, as the world around me can become overwhelming. It stops me becoming anxious.
But then again there’s also the need to be early, as being late I think can be rude; I can understand if there’s a reason for it-a train strike, for instance. (Although in some cases it can be intrusive-like being half an hour early.) I have to be early, for that reason.
What do you think?
To read more about running late, there is this great opinion piece (click here to view.)