Gym Ettiquette.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a “discuss amongst yourselves” story to share. Boy … I’ve got one for you today.

Yesterday I met my friend at the gym for Zumba class. We were about 15 minutes in, and I was totally minding my own business, taking a break between songs to drink some water and wipe the sweat off my face. A woman I don’t know sort of sidled up next to me and stood there until I looked at her. And this is what happened next:

Stranger: Do you have a towel?

Me: Yeah.

Stranger: Can I see it?

Me: (without thinking) Okay.

The strange lady plucked my towel out of my hand, walked over to her spot and mopped the floor with it.

I’m going to let that sink in for a moment.

When she returned, I think she could see the horrified look on my face and she said, Someone spilled water on the floor.” Oh … okay. Well then, by all means, use the towel I’m supposed to dry my face with to dry up your area of the floor so you don’t fall. I silently dropped my towel onto the floor as my friend stared in shock and then mouthed “WHAT THE F*CK?!” at me.

Because I’m a generally nice person and overall sleep deprived and always sort of out of it, I didn’t ask her what the hell do you want with MY TOWEL? Next time, I’ll know better.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Open Discussion.

Is there really a problem with bullying, or have we just become a society of sissies?

Don’t ALL kids get bullied at one time or another? I know I was, and I think it toughened me up. Had my parents been the kind to run to the principal of the school or the parent of the bully, I may have grown up to be a spineless wonder. But instead, I remember my dad in particular giving me pep talks and pretty much making me find the confidence I needed to stand up for myself.

I realize not all kids have good parents who are present and able to guide them properly. But personally, I think a little bullying is a normal part of life. The kids that off themselves probably had other issues that were deeper than being bullied.

Maybe I’m just being a hard ass. 

Discuss amongst yourselves.