nothing brightens my day like perfect timing. let's be honest here of course - i'm never late. i plan for things to go wrong, like terrible traffic or a delayed train, so even if the worst happens, i'm still prepared. but nothing compares to the feeling of none of those things happening. it's easy to get frustrated at traffic jams and complain about the train never getting you to work on time, but i like to counteract that with appreciating every moment that i don't have to wait. the little things, those that make it the perfect lucky day like when you can:
beat that red light. not the time when it turns yellow and you gun it, but the time you're cruising along and you sail under it right when you see it turn yellow. it's like it waited just for you. and you know it's going to be the best day ever and you should probably buy a lotto ticket when it happens for 4 lights in a row. smooth sailing, straight down the street.
walk up right when the train/bus/cab is arriving. do you know how rare that is in the city?! almost always you've either missed it by inches or you sit around waiting and wondering (particularly with those metra trains that claim to run on an hourly schedule but rarely ever do, and cabs who come 5 at a time but then never again for 20 minutes.) catching your transportation perfectly on time is a godsend.
beat the timer. i never unload the dishwasher as fast as i do when the microwave is counting down 30 seconds until my food is ready. all of the sudden i'm in competition with this ticking clock and the race is on to get every dish in the rightful spot before the buzzer dings. the ability to finish and stop the timer on 1 second is one of the most gratifying moments ever. graduating high school/college/ law school? acing a final or a job interview? nope, still second place to the feeling of unloading the dishwasher with 1 second to spare on the microwave. i'm not sure if that makes me crazy or just uber competitive, but i might need to reassess my priorities here...
but if it's made it's way to internet meme status, clearly i'm not alone in this. alternatively, maybe we're all the same amount of crazy.
regardless, perfect timing is easily one of my favorite little ways to win at life. is it just me? am i the only one who gets intense satisfaction when i change the radio station in time to hear my favorite song start? or flip to the right channel right when a disney classic is starting?