Are you a patient person? Traffic related but general

dia99dia99 Posts: 1,998Registered Users
One more question before I go to sleep...

Do you get really angry in traffic? The only time I get annoyed is when I've failed to leave in a good amount of time to get where I'm going (meaning I'm late). Even then, I just call the place I'm supposed to be, tell them what's going on, and let it go. If I don't have anywhere I have to be, stalled/stopped traffic doesn't phase me at all. I actually enjoy it if I have a good book, my cell phone, or someone I like to talk to in the car with me.

I just learned about hubby on this trip that he can't stand waiting in traffic. I'd notice him get annoyed before in little short things, but WOW was he upset about being on the highways. We were stopped on the 85-N and 395-N for about 3 hours and 1 hour respectively, this past Saturday and Sunday. I kept looking at the positives -

1. we weren't involved in the accident that caused the delay ( :cry: for those who were)
2. both times we had just filled up on gas so our car wouldn't stall and we'd have air
3. we weren't alone so we had someone to talk to
4. Dia had plenty of movies to watch, a Leapfrog, books, puzzles, etc.. She had a blast!
5. Our flights didn't leave until three days later, so we had plenty of time to spare even if we would have preferred to do other things with it.

Maybe this is a question about patience and optimism/pessimism. Do you think they're related? Perhaps if you're patient, it's because you can look at the "bright" side?
People rise to the standard expected of them. GC
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I'm patient, simply because it does absolutely no good to be impatient. Sitting at a dead stop in traffic also gives me more time to read, and that's always a good thing. :D

    I'm also optimistic, but I don't think that the one has anything to do with the other.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    PartyHair wrote:
    I'm patient, simply because it does absolutely no good to be impatient. Sitting at a dead stop in traffic also gives me more time to read, and that's always a good thing. :D

    I'm also optimistic, but I don't think that the one has anything to do with the other.

    I agree.

    I also think that I am lucky to be sittng in traffic, in the big scheme of things. When I see an accident that has caused the traffic, it boggles my mind how some people can be mad at that (my husband for one). I just say some blessings for those involved and voice my gratefulness for being safe.

    ETA: I do think that patience and optimism are tide together for me. It is a way of approaching life.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    It can suck when you're drivin' a stick, tho! lol But I just end up coasting most of the time. I think I'm pretty patient/optimistic. Like PH said, it does no good otherwise! And it shortens your life...
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    It can suck when you're drivin' a stick, tho! lol But I just end up coasting most of the time. I think I'm pretty patient/optimistic. Like PH said, it does no good otherwise! And it shortens your life...

    I drive a stick, too - I've never driven an automatic. I don't even think about it. :D
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    Rock on with your bad self.

    *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    Be excellent to each other. ~ Abraham Lincoln

    *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    PartyHair wrote:
    It can suck when you're drivin' a stick, tho! lol But I just end up coasting most of the time. I think I'm pretty patient/optimistic. Like PH said, it does no good otherwise! And it shortens your life...

    I drive a stick, too - I've never driven an automatic. I don't even think about it. :D
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    Let’s just stay together and tell the world to kiss our ass. ~P


  • MarMar Posts: 3,004Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I never get angry in traffic-ever.
    I have never beeped my horn or flipped anyone off.
    I let people out into traffic,and wait patiently for my turn.
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  • RheannaRheanna Posts: 2,614Registered Users
    If there's an accident, it's different. Same for a funeral or something like that. I don't get angry about those things.... But when I'm behind people who have no business on the road, I'm a serious road-rager with no patience...
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  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    In traffic, no (I also drive a stick and I am in dc metro area--the heavy traffic and the fact that I know I would get aggravated is why I park at the train station and ride in to work every day) and in general, no, but being a parent has improved my patience some. :) I also tend to be a pessimist, but not always.
  • SaKkehSaKkeh Posts: 986Registered Users
    dia99 wrote:
    One more question before I go to sleep...

    Do you get really angry in traffic?

    I consider myself very patient and I've been told that I'm really "cool" and assertive in my driving. :wink:

    I like to map my route before I get into the car...generally, I dont drive fast, because I believe, it is better to get there late than not at all.
    I get a little hot under the collar only when: someone is driving VERY slowly (for no apparent reason) and indecisively ahead of me, or if I let somone out of a side road, etc and they take a helluva long time to go ahead...I also get annoyed when pedestrians crawl across the street like they expect you to wait all day.

    dia99 wrote:
    Maybe this is a question about patience and optimism/pessimism. Do you think they're related? Perhaps if you're patient, it's because you can look at the "bright" side?

    In my case, I have been called pessimistic by my SO :oops: , so I'm not sure if it matches up with my being patient at the wheel.
  • dia99dia99 Posts: 1,998Registered Users
    I was wondering if there was a relationship because most pessimistic people I know are VERY impatient. I guess it's because they're expecting the worst, but as soon as something takes a little longer than they thought they are complaining, saying they knew it wouldn't work out, etc. In some instances, it was just a matter of time.
    People rise to the standard expected of them. GC
  • SaKkehSaKkeh Posts: 986Registered Users
    dia99 wrote:
    I was wondering if there was a relationship because most pessimistic people I know are VERY impatient. I guess it's because they're expecting the worst, but as soon as something takes a little longer than they thought they are complaining, saying they knew it wouldn't work out, etc. In some instances, it was just a matter of time.

    I guess its not very black and white, because I'll wait for someone for over an hour without complaining, but being put on hold for 2 minutes on the phone and I'm ready to slap somebody. I also find that I get quite annoyed when someone is speaking to me and take too long to say whatever it is that they are saying
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    dia99 wrote:
    I was wondering if there was a relationship because most pessimistic people I know are VERY impatient. I guess it's because they're expecting the worst, but as soon as something takes a little longer than they thought they are complaining, saying they knew it wouldn't work out, etc. In some instances, it was just a matter of time.

    My husband would help prove your hypothesis. :wink:
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    If I'm going to be late for work, to the airport or to pick DD up from daycare (and subsequently fined), I get very agitated and obnoxious. Otherwise, I don't care. It never occurred to me to read while sitting in traffic.

  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    I voted patient and optimistic.

    I'm patient when sitting in traffic (unless it's making me late to where I'm going), but I'm not so patient about other things. I am absolutely not patient when I feel that people are being slow because of incompetence, laziness, etc. And sometimes I get impatient if I don't know how to fix the situation, but I guess that's mostly frustration. With traffic, it is what it is.
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