Actually I left office and arrived at the venue in good mood, but started to play badminton very unhappily.
Coz people were late. People had been late for EVERY week, for AT LEAST 20 minutes each time (3 times make up an hour). When all the other five courts had had players starting their session, ours was still nobody. The only somebody was me, sitting there, maybe making some calls to check their location (on the way or still in office), or just allowing the bad thoughts to grow.
Honestly, sometimes the question mark is really HUGE. Why the people from Puchong, Cheras and Shah Alam could arrive on time, but those working in Serdang cannot? (The venue of playing is in Serdang)
Once, I arrived and only Seng Seng (works in Puchong, went back to Kajang to get his badminton stuff) was there. He had shuttlecock so we could play first. When the others arrived, we were already sweating and had consumed certain amount of energy.
I remembered that on the same day, at about 8:50pm (still 10 minutes left), both of us were on one side of the court, thinking to play the last game, but the rest were pushing each other to make up another team. Finally both of us got little annoyed and said, go back la, no need to play anymore.
Another time, someone and I arrived, but the one keeping the shuttlecocks was late. The uncle playing at the next court even gave us 2 shuttlecocks so that we could start first. He said, "play first la, don't waste time."
It has been a lot of times, I wanted to tell Uncle Lim, "Don't be too late. Even a buddha will be angry, and I'm not a buddha." However, until now, I never say that.
Enough is enough. Finally I could not control myself last night.
I actually wanted to leave before playing. But I held on till 8:30pm (formal start time is 7pm), after 2 games and was playing the 3rd. I tried to get rid of my anger by laughing, making fun with them. At the end, all the actions were still useless. When playing the 3rd game, I told them I did not want to play anymore, then packed my stuff and left the place.
I even spoke what I had been suppressing myself from saying for months. I said I hate partnering with one of them!!! Who knows being the opponent is even disgusting!!! So I left. (no question regarding this para, ok?)
While driving home, I actually did not know why could I get so pissed. All this while, I had been able to always ask myself to see it as a trivial matter, and keep telling myself that, any energy wasted to get angry does not really worth it.
Being late is not a good habit - this concept will never change in my mind. Some people might wonder why I take it so seriously. Even during the uni time, when going for grocery shopping during weekend, Mr Tan knew I didn't like others being late. Else, I'd call and ask, have you finished putting on all your makeups? Yes, I'm that sarcastic, in the past, nowadays and future.
I feel punctuality is even more important nowadays, when we work. Seems like they do not think the same.
Of course, a lot of excuses can always be given for being late. Then I'd like to ask - will you be late for a flight? For the more important stuff, you'll make sure you won't be late, and you are able to be on time! Right???
In a nutshell, being late is not something forced to be, it is a choice.
If you THINK you cannot be punctual, then you definitely won't be there on time.
Honestly, I'm not very free at work also. I always think I want to go badminton on Tuesday night, so I can do it every week, even though I've left the previous job in Serdang for 7 months. For a truly busy Tuesday, I'd just shorten the lunch time, or continue the tasks at night, after the badminton session.
"It's often the will that drives your action." This is what I'd like to tell them, in a polite manner, for sure.
P/S: I don't hate them. I'm just telling the fact - I dislike them being late every week. Even though Uncle Lim called just now, I still picked up the phone and talked to him.