Why is it so important to be exactly on time for everything? Will anything bad really happen if you show up five minutes later than you said you would? Why does it constantly feel like we are running out of time?
American culture, as well as many other cultures, places a huge emphasis on time and punctuality. We are continually concerned with what time it is and making sure we show up to things as scheduled. Time is a driving force in all of our actions and is always on our minds.
Time is a man-made concept that we give false meaning to. It has no concrete or physical element, it is all abstract and theoretical. No other animals keep track of when things happen or how long different tasks take to accomplish. Time is an idea that we allow to control our whole lives. All of our daily activities and ventures revolve around how much time we have.
Our obsession with time puts us at a great disadvantage for attaining happiness. Many people are far too focused on making sure everything gets done on time that they forget to put in their full effort or enjoy what they are doing.