Missed a flight this Friday. It was a connecting flight and my incoming was delayed.

I reached the flight counter 30 mins prior to departure. It was evident that I wouldn’t be allowed, but I had to ask.

“The flight is closed, sir”

“I understand that. Is there something that can be done? I have already checked in and don’t have any check-in luggage.”

“Why did you come late, sir? We have mentioned that the counters close 45Mins before departure. And now it’s 25mins.”

Usually I am a big fan of any statement that starts with why.

Except when the statement follows the announcement of a mistake or a blunder.

Because most likely, the shy statement isn’t going to help. One bit.

Just as the “why are you late?” didn’t help either.

Instead of trying to solve the problem or admit that it can’t be solved, it goes into blame mode.

“Why did you do this?”

“Why couldn’t you think through this?”

“Why did you even try?”

“Why do we always end up like this?”

“What were you thinking?”

Asking why can either make you move forward or send you back in time.

This time machine operates at your command.

What are you going to use it for?