Thursday, June 12, 2014
Don't Be Cruel
I mean....WTF? Really? A group of women go to the gym and, rather than do something wild and weird like, oh, I dunno, exercise...they clump together yakking it up. Besides the irritating point that they were IN THE WAY of others trying to get at machines or weights; their conversation tended to be about other people in the gym.
Now, normally, people talking around me doesn't bother me. I'm fairly deaf and with my music, I can drown out everything. Yet their conversation caught my ear and, like driving past a horrible car wreck, couldn't stop myself. Here are some snippets I overheard.
"Look at that whale on the treadmill. Gawd, you can hear her legs pounding all the way over here".
"Yeah, them monster boobs must hurt flying up and down like that."
"Check out the fat guy with a cane. Jesus! He can barely move his lard ass."
"I don't know why these blobs bother coming here every morning. Really turns my stomach to look at their huge stomachs."
"ha ha ha ha ha"
.....and on and fucking on.
The one major difference between these assholes and the people that they were making fun of is that the people they were making fun of were actually working out. The assholes did what assholes do....just hang around and stink up the place every now and then.
The gym is the place to go to GET fit, not to show everybody how fit you are. Making fun of fat people at a gym is like going to a hospital and making fun of sick people. I know a lot of people (myself included) that struggle with the low self esteem of being badly out of shape. A major difficulty is overcoming that enough to get ourselves into a gym and start doing something about our bodies. I've personally found that most people do not even notice if you are fat or out of shape because they are focused on their own training. The few who might are supportive because you are there doing something about it....it's a common cause. I belong to the YMCA. It's a Christian organization but I'm an atheist. They don't care...because it's all about having a place to get and be healthy. The only membership requirement is to pay your dues. Fat people are welcome. This is where you belong!
Next time you see a new person, one who obviously has not even thought about exercise in decades...smile at her or him. It takes a lot to take that first step. We all have taken it. Aren't you glad nobody tripped you to amuse themselves?
Keep your heart true.