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Does Anyone Just Push A Button Once?

Updated on December 30, 2008


Like a child new to the world and just able to articulate all of the “why” questions they ask, as the year comes to a close I find myself with more questions on my mind than answers. Surely at this stage in my life I’m supposed to have some answers, right? (There you go - another question) Thing is that I’ve found out it’s just the opposite I have more and more questions and less and less answers. On a recent trip I was sitting in the passenger side of a car when we were stopped at a light. As we sat there I noticed there were two people waiting to cross the street in the crosswalk. The one person pushed the button for the “walk” light and then within less than a second they had pushed it again. And although the two of them were together, the other person came over and pushed the button about three times. Three more people came to the street corner, two adults and one child. The two adults each pushed the button numerous times and then the child continued pushing the button until the light had changed and all of them could cross the street. So I have to wonder, does anyone push a button just once? – Don’t Get Me Started!

My family was never granted the goodness of being patient. Out of my mother, father, brother and myself I would have to put my patience at about the lowest of the bunch. Things just can’t go fast enough for me. And after the button pushing viewing above, I realized that I am one of the absolute worst when it comes to button pushing. When I end a call with someone on my Iphone I have to hit the “end call” button at least three times. It’s not that I have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) it’s that I’m not taking the time to see if the call has actually ended before pushing the button a second and third time. Or that I just want to make sure that I’ve ended the call so that the person I was speaking to doesn’t hear my aside of, “Jesus, that’s twenty minutes of my life I’ll never get back.” Although it’s actually taking more time somewhere in my head I feel as though I’m saving time. Saving time? What a millisecond? Or am I in actuality wasting a millisecond?

So is it impatience or perhaps an unfounded insecurity about technological systems and products? How many times have you clicked too many times on something when you’re emailing or using your computer? And when your computer isn’t responding, how many times do you hit, “ctrl, alt + del” or “end program” to try and “undo” or get your computer to respond? Did it really work after the seven hundredth time you pushed it? Or maybe as you were pushing over and over again, the computer finally recognized the first time you pushed the button(s). Perhaps like the elderly are always encouraging us as kids to “take our time” perhaps that’s the one thing that we just never learned.

I don’t know what will happen if you only push a button once to cross the street or if only pushing the “end call” button on my phone once is going to make me happier, healthier or richer but I think that perhaps my getting older has taught me something after all, perhaps just perhaps it has taught me to take my time. So I’m going to do my best to only push things once and wait and see what happens before pushing them again. Of course as I’ve always been someone who has been known for pushing peoples’ “buttons” emotionally (getting them angry and frustrated) maybe as the New Year begins just maybe I’ll stop pushing peoples’ buttons over and over again. But probably not for as my grandmother used to say, “I can dish it out but I can’t take it.” Does anyone push a button just once? – Don’t Get Me Started!

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      Twice 8 years ago

      Nah Push The Button Twice G Tap That shit

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      Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

      I can't push it just once.  I need even numbers. And, no, not OCD.