The Law of Inconvenient Timing

Over time, I’ve noticed that the universe seems to follow a few oddly consistent rules. Stuff that’s just ironic and weird and silly. Now, a lot of this is certainly just a coincidence, but it’s still something fun I wanted to explore. Ever notice how it never seems to rain on the day that you explicitly plan to have an umbrella on your person? Yeah, this is going to be one of those.

And today’s law of the universe is the “Law of Inconvenient Timing.”

The law is simple: if you are in a situation where you are waiting for someone to pick you up, and they did not arrive right when you expected them to, and you decide to go do something rather than stand around and twiddle your thumbs, then they will arrive right at the point where it is the least convenient for them to do so.

Need to just go use the bathroom before they arrive? They will arrive right at that time, without fail.

And the funniest part of this rule? It’s true even if you know it’s true. A watched pot may not boil and requires an active lack of attention, but the Law of Inconvenient Timing is somehow on a different wavelength.

I’ve literally utilized this process. I got ready, waited outside, then realized that I was going to just keep waiting, so, I went inside, used the bathroom, and walked to the car that had, miraculously, been sitting there for a few moments.

Try this. If you are waiting for someone to come, some pizza to arrive, someone to pick you up, anything time-sensitive that you have no direct control over, try finding some task that you really would not like being interrupted at and start on it.

The universe has a sense of humor. I can almost guarantee you’re not going to get very far before whatever it is shows up, sometimes outrageously faster than you feel like it should have.

It’s a weird world we live in—but it’s kind of fun, no?

Special thanks to: Melissa Potter

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