Membership to what; the lifetime achievement award, AAA? In this case, it is my gym membership but I have a story to share along with it.
Can’t you stick with anything?
Let me share a little history first. I’ve been married almost 29 years; I’ve been at my current place of employment for 28 + years; I live in the town where I went to high school X years ago; do you see a pattern here?
As you can see, I can be pretty predictable. I rearrange the money in my wallet just to mix things up.
But don’t think routine is boring; I’m still Mr Excitement, just ask me.
My YMCA gym story is, I was a member for 20 + years; about 10 years ago I had the opportunity to run one of our offices in another community that did not have a Y. Therefore, I joined one of the big box gyms. 3 years ago we consolidated that office back into our main office so I have been back in town since then. However, because I can be too lazy to change, I just transferred the gym membership to the local big box instead of dropping it and going back to the Y.
There are a lot of things I like about the big box gym and just like in social, I have made a lot of friends there as well. However, and I have struggled with pulling the trigger, I have made the decision to go back to the Y. I’m on their board of directors, so it’s the ‘right’ thing to do.
The gym looks like social to me
If you belong to a gym, one thing you will notice that is very common with social is the ebb and flow of members.
People join up all gung-ho and ready to go at 90 miles per hour but can’t maintain the pace and eventually drop out and just go away. I still see them around town, just like I see some of the dropouts in social with the phantom tweets, but essentially they are done.
I used to be an avid runner and jokingly say my strategy is to ‘start slow, and taper off from there’…….this isn’t far from the truth because you have to find a pace that works for you if you want any sustainability. This is especially true in social. I see people bust out of the gate like it’s a dash and they find out it’s a marathon instead.
Are you ever going to grow up?
I had to throw this in since my last post was about ‘names’ and my gym reference made me think of this.
Every time I get around my buddies in the gym we seem to revert to a high school mentality and can be very juvenile at times. Most of you might find that hard to believe about me because I’m always so serious, but I truly believe this is the hook that keeps me young.
In the gym especially, everybody seems to pick up a nickname and like social where you will see some of these people more regularly, it is more prone for this to happen.
Nemo– this was an older gentlemen who would come into the shower with his mask and snorkel on after swimming. Huh?
Band shoes – he only showed up a few times, but was ill prepared to work out and would show up in dark dress shoes hence the moniker ‘band shoes’.
Mr Moron – this guy really was a certifiable idiot; you didn’t want him on your basketball team but sometimes couldn’t help it.
The black hole – when we played basketball, if you threw the ball into him you knew it was never coming back out. He never met a shot he didn’t like.
Panel Van – this dude was scary and stinky. He seriously looked like Lurch. He was very anti-social and we surmised he was a serial killer.
Action figure – this guy was a pro body builder and he looked like a beefed up G I Joe doll.
Do you recognize any of these people? Yes, I had a name but we will share it in another post.
So this is about as deep as it gets with my crew; I don’t think you will find a Nobel Laureate among us.
Let’s wrap it up here
Change does not always come easy to me, but I can embrace it. Some change creates new opportunities and can be fun and exciting like social was when I first got in. However, some change seems to happen too quickly; let me get comfortable with the first change, ok?
What did we learn today?
Dorman poorly tried to weave two unrelated stories into one, and nobody really cares what gym I belong to. Did I tell you I went to Starbucks?
How do you like them apples?