I’ve always been a people’s person and love making friends. It doesn’t take me too long to chat up somebody and create a lasting friendship. However, despite three months of gymming I still haven’t made any friends there — apart from my colleague, who is also my gym buddy.
Sometimes I wonder why for a girl, who has 1,079 friends on Facebook and one friend in each street, is it so difficult to make friends. Why do I find it hard to venture out of my comfort zone?
Sometimes when I see someone walking in or someone working out next to me I’m torn between whether I should strike a conversation or should I just be. Now after four months, I have four acquaintances at the gym.
No, I still don’t know what their names are or what they do. All I know is we share the same room to work out and it’s manners to exchange smiles. I remember one night when I went to bed crying as to why was I such a different person in the gym. Why do I act like one of those snobbish girls?
Despite all this there is one thing that I have learnt, that is, even without talking too much we can sometimes learn a lot from people around. One such person is my instructor. Who has not just taught me my exercises but also how to perceive various situations.
For instance, I’ve been pampered by friends and relatives. Even a small scratch is a big deal. But at the gym, I’ve hurt myself so many times, but all he does is smiles and tells me it’s not much. It makes me wonder if I’ve been paying too much attention to trivial details and if I am indeed capable of much more.
Another day a girl who trains rigorously every day admitted that she was nervous about an exercise. He simply smiled at her and told her that it’s the nervousness that would bring out the best in her. How poignant! I’d never thought of things that way. Looking back I realised it’s so true. Each time I was scared the outcome was good — be it be my exams or filing my first article.
(The writer is determined to fight the flab. Readers can inspire her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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