Because of the competition I’m in, I’ve been spending a lot of time at the gym – the Athletic Club of Columbus.
It’s a great place, with a thriving membership of professionals. Not a lot of riff-raff. For the most part, everyone is there to do their working out business and be done. Maybe chat with friends they run into for a bit, if the opportunity presents itself.
Which I like in a gym. I don’t want to go to the gym and feel like I’m being ogled by douche-bags or jackasses.
Call me crazy.
That being said, I’ve gotten to see some interesting people and interactions.
Like . . .
The woman who talks through group classes, even while the instructor is talking, oblivious to the fact that no one is talking back to her because they are all doing the class.
Or . . .
The man who cheers himself on while working out, yelling things like “GoGoGo” and “HeeYa” (as if he’s the jockey and the treadmill is the horse).
Or finally . . .
The day when I tried to set up mats for the Big Man and I to do the sculpting part of spinning class and every (every!) mat I put down got taken by someone walking into the room to reserve their own mat. The assumption everyone was making, I suppose, was that I was doing a public service that day for the class since the regular instructor was out sick. And I ended up not even getting a mat for the Big Man and I – they all got taken.
My hours (and hours and hours) on the treadmill or elliptical these past 6 weeks have given me time to think about human nature.
What makes one person think something inappropriate is completely OK, whereas another person can recognize the infringement his/her actions have on other’s enjoyment of the same location?
Do I think the examples above are terribly wrong or completely off base?
Mainly, it seems to be a lack of awareness of one’s impact on others. But when everyone acts that way, when there’s no COMMON COURTESY for others, that’s a problem.
True problematic behavior is when something like this happens – you go to a dance club with your husband and other guys try to cut in and start grinding on you, not caring what you or your husband think about that.
How could someone POSSIBLY think that’s OK?
Or what if you completely ignore your responsibilities to something in your life and then don’t understand why that something no longer respects you or values you?
Every generation thinks they have bigger problems than the one before it. Every generation thinks their kids are going to face bigger problems than they did.
But in our case and our time? I think we’re right.
Our generation is facing WAY bigger problems than our parents faced. And our kids are going to face issues that we can’t possibly fathom at the rate technology is growing.
All you need to do is look around to know that.
I guess the question becomes, “What the hell are we supposed to do about it?”
This question can keep me up at night. Anything I don’t have the answer to can. But this question I find particularly troubling right now.