Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Locker Room Revisited: I'm Not That Type of Girl!
In viewing these women for the last week, I have noticed that both are quite obsessed with their self image. Every evening, these ladies come into the locker room, put on their yoga togs, and do either a step aerobics or "body pump" or "body flow" class. After said hour, they proceed to wander aimlessly, sometimes with weights in hand, and gossip. I don't know what all they discuss because it nauseated me so much I had to walk away, but I caught a few choice tidbits.
"I can't believe so-and-so let her daughter act so snippy. My son/daughter would never act like that."
"Did you see so-and-so in class? They must have gained 10 pounds."
"Ohmigod, look at her!" (referencing various things)
"We are going to Jamaica for a week for spring break. Where are you going?"
It goes on and on, People. These women spend so much time gossiping and tearing others down that I just couldn't stomach anymore.
The bottom line is that I really feel that these women want to have the illusion of perfection so in order to achieve it they make themselves feel superior to others by putting them down. That is no way to live and I just can't respect that.
Don't get me wrong though. I see many folks at the gym working hard and being supportive of each other. I also see men behaving badly in the weight room, so I don't want it to seem like I am just picking on other women. It just hit the mark with me that these people must have pretty bad self esteem to be so cruel about others.
I comfort myself with the fact that I tell people how I feel to their face and that I try and be gentle but honest. The folks I work out with are a good support system, and I have made several great friends. It is just that everywhere I go I know there will be that minority of jerks.
Guess what? I found some at the gym, and now I know who to avoid!