I did something really stupid today in the gym.
There is a big space next to a machine, where I was stretching. A guy came and asked if I am done – I thought he was asking for the space: so I said no. What I didn’t notice was that he stood near me in an angle that I could not see him.
After about 30 seconds, a girl came and asked “Are you warming up or done?” I suddenly realized that both of them were asking for the machine, which I wasn’t using – so I said ” Are you asking for the machine?”. “Yes”, she said. “Oh, go ahead!” I replied.
Then I turned, the guy was staring at me angrily and said “OK, I got it!” and huffed off. It happened so fast, all I could manage to mutter out was “sorry…”
I feel so bad afterward – the guy must think I was doing it on purpose: namely, giving the machine to the girl and disliking him because he was a guy. For heaven’s sake – that’s not what happened!
The moral of the story is that, sometimes, it is easy to assume somebody is trying to be mean to you, when it was a simple misunderstanding, or he was just momentarily being stupid! Think positive – life is hard enough, at least give the benefit of doubts whenever you have a very bad encounter. And of course, not being stupid next time!
Being Stupid in the Gym