This is what children with poor self-control become
Melody Dye at Child's Play has an interesting post about the famous (or infamous) cookie experiments, which involved observing children presented with a cookie and then left alone in a room. If they wait long enough, they get another cookie (and they know this). If not, then clearly they are doomed to fail in life:
Twenty years later, having spent long hours forgetting those misplaced moments, a new crop of experimental psychologists will add insult to injury, and call you, and ask pointed questions about your education, your personal life, and your current salary. "Of course I'm a failure..." you admit.
Years later still, there will be articles in high brow magazines and well considered newspapers that proclaim that the outcome of that experiment - the "delay of gratification" experiment, they're calling it - can predict your entire life. The test, they're saying, is a test of self control, and the longer you waited, the better your SAT scores, the better your attention span, the better your relationships, the better your sex life, and so on...
Your mother calls. "We always knew," she says. "You couldn't wait!" she says.
Well, that explains it. Your inglorious fate was predestined by a...