Impatience

It’s early in the morning and nobody will probably read this but I just had the greatest ‘humans are space orcs’ idea

Imagine if humans are the only species that experiences impatience.

Think about it. Most prey animals are extremely patient. Ever meet a deer or a rabbit in the woods and hold still to try and out-wait the thing? I can guarantee your brain starts sending bored bored bored messages very quickly, and your instincts start telling you to give up and find something else to do. Humans can do the patience thing- as evidenced by our endurance hunting methods- but our instincts tell us not to. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this feels like a predator development. I have the idea that if aliens are mostly prey-based, and we’re predator-based, then the aliens will be very patient and we just aren’t.

As an evolutionary development, being impatient can be brilliant. It means that we didn’t sit around and wait for the ice caps to warm up, we knew we didn’t have the technology to survive that level of cold, but we did it anyways. We were trying to send people into the sky and then into space before we had fully figured it all out, simply because we didn’t want to wait and think it out, we wanted SPACE and we wanted it NOW. And personally, I tend to be extremely productive and inventive when I’m feeling impatient. Mechanic is booked for a few days? I’ll figure out how to change my oil and tires and tint my car’s windows myself. Strawberry season is still 4 months away? I’ll get a heat lamp setup and grow them myself. Friends can’t visit and help move furniture for a week? I’ll build a trolley out of some toy cars, tape, a chessboard, and do all the lifting myself.

This impatience is what made us design faster cars, faster computers, faster internet, faster communication, methods of growing food faster, of processing food faster, we’re always looking for the quickest and most efficient thing simply because we are not patient. 

Impatience leads to a type of creativity and persistence that patience just doesn’t have.

Imagine aliens starting to realize this.

“You got to your moon before you had developed LED screens??? You didn’t even have computers that could do basic math?!”
“Well, what else were we gonna do, sit around and wait?”

“Your planes don’t have gravitational control? Don’t you experience discomfort from the acceleration and directional changes?”
“Sure. But we needed to get on the other side of the planet in a decent amount of time.”
“So… what you’re articulating is that you’d rather have physical distress than have to have a long journey?”
“Yeah, pretty much.”

“Human____, our mechanical teams will be on site in several of your earth hours, so we won’t be going anywhere until then.”
“Screw that. Where’s the manual for this thing? I bet I can fix it.”
“But you don’t have any mechanical training.”
“I also don’t feel like sitting around on this rock for ages.”

“You’re back already? I thought your medical representative told you to not be walking on that limb for another of your weeks.”
“Ugh. I just can’t anymore. I’ve got to get up and move and do something, anything.”
“But doesn’t that hurt to walk on?”
“Absolutely.”
“…You would choose pain over waiting?”
“What can I say, I’m not a patient person.”

Like aliens just being baffled that humans would rather work hard or struggle with a problem or even experience pain and discomfort. They, as prey species, are used to just waiting it out. They don’t have the same impatience driving them to get up and go and to fight through things just because they can’t wait any longer.

Bonus: 
Human: Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Alien: Why don’t you have time? Is something scheduled soon?
Human: No, I just don’t feel like wasting time.
Alien: But… it’s not wasted. It’s time well spent. And you do technically have the time to spare for that. If there’s nothing scheduled, then you do ‘got time for that’.
Human: No. No, I don’t. It’s just… no.

The Zodiac Signs + Time

Thinks that time moves too fast: Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn

Thinks that time moves too slow: Aries, Libra, Sagittarius, Pisces

Has no concept of time whatsoever: Taurus, Leo, Aquarius

I hope you have the courage to pursue someone who is worth pursuing, and not someone who is convenient. Convenience is impatience disguised as your desires, you are worth more than what time has told you, you are worthy of finding someone who will wait for you; don’t settle for what is easy, settle for what is good.
—  T.B. LaBerge
J'ai décidé d'arrêter d'être une victime. Ça n'a pas été facile car c'est une position confortable. Mais je ne voulais pas rester bloquée dans le passé. Je suis encore jeune et j'ai la vie devant moi. Malgré la souffrance, j'ai réussi à m'en sortir, à trouver une nouvelle voie pour ma vie. Je suis une survivante et ça me rend fière. Je n'ai plus peur de l'avenir : je l'attends avec impatience.
—  Pleurerdanslabaignoire

Narrated Abū Huraira (radhīAllāhu ‘anhu):

Allāh’s Apostle (ﷺ) said, “The invocation of anyone of you is granted (by Allāh) if he does not show impatience (by saying, “I invoked Allāh but my request has not been granted.”)

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī, Vol. 8, Hadīth no. 352. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
Writing Advice: Realism

This is PROBABLY going to be a part 1 to a series of writing advice posts about writing realistic characters, but here’s realism advice #1: writing patient people having their patience tried.

So this person asked about a specific situation (well, they didn’t ask about it till I asked them about it, but that was just so I could write the prompts), but I’m not going to make this post that specific, that way everyone can use it.

So how do you write a patient person having their patience tried?

Close your eyes… okay, maybe close one eye so you can still read this… now visualize the most patient person you know. It can be anyone, just picture that person in your head.

What is it about that person that screams “patient” to you? What are their patient mannerisms? Maybe think of some mannerisms they don’t have that an impatient person would have, such as drumming their fingers or tapping their toes when they’re waiting on someone or something. Maybe they smile at people even when they’re starting to feel a little irritated by them. Maybe their tone of voice stays level when other people are screaming. Really focus on these attributes.

Now, sprinkle some of these attributes on your character. When a person is picking a fight with your character, make your character practically unresponsive. Make your character smile at them when they’re being vile back. Make your character hum a song when waiting in the longass bathroom line instead of sighing or showing signs of impatience. See where I’m going here?

Make sure that it is shown in your work before this situation happens that your character is patient.

Now that it is well-established how patient your character is, start giving them these attributes of impatience. Make them snap at this person when they normally wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. Make them glare at the person instead of smiling. Make them yell something instead of singing a happy tune. Show that this person is growing weary by the person that’s trying their patience. Show that this person is not having it. Also, show that this person isn’t being themselves.

Think of the things that make you angrier than most things. How do you respond to these situations? If it fits your character (not meaning if they would normally do this, but as in if you could see them being irritated acting this way), then write it.

That’s really all there is to it.

금요일에 만나요 (feat. 장이정 Of History)
아이유 (IU)
금요일에 만나요 (feat. 장이정 Of History)

“This Friday. How is this Friday? It’s too hard to wait ‘till the weekend.

Time, please go faster, I want to rush the clock (mind control)”