At CFNE, we have a few high tables with high chairs for people to hang out around before and after classes. It’s great for people to have that space to sit around at and have a cup of coffee, sit with their computers and catch up on some emails, or sit and eat a meal before they head off to their next thing.
I’m one of those people, though, that has a bad habit of hanging my bags on one of the chairs because I tend to go in and out of them so many times while I’m there training. In the back of my mind, I know I shouldn’t, though. That’s what the locker rooms are for, right? For people to have a place to put their personal belongings without having to crowd other areas of the gym where people have to see it all. Basically, I have a guilty conscience about being that lazy and leaving my mess for people to have to look at.
Ironically, it’s one of the things that I lay on my family constantly. And, when I say constantly, I mean constantly.
Just ask Jonah. He’s the one who hears it the most.
We have a bench in the middle of our kitchen and people have a tendency to dump their backpacks, gym bags, sneakers, coats, and sweatshirts on it instead of putting them in their rooms or in the coat closet. I get it, you’d rather grab something to eat after a long ride home first instead of unpack all of your things upstairs in your bedroom. But, I tell them that there are 6 people that live in our house. If everyone left 3 things on that bench, there would be 18 things on there…in the middle of the room that we all spend the most time in.
I am telling you, this lecture is given an average of 2-3 times a week.
So, when I made this connection with my behavior at the gym, I felt like a total hypocrite.
Back to the gym…in the warmer months, it’s not as much of an issue since most people aren’t bringing in so many things and being as tempted to leave their stuff at the table as they are in the winter. In the winter, a lot more of us are hanging our coats on the chairs, which inevitably leads to more bags being left on the chairs taking up places to sit, and once the snow starts to hit there will be boots starting to be left all over that space making it even worse.
Every year around this time, Ben makes an announcement in his class that people need to be more aware of all of this and reminds us that our things belong in the locker room and not in the public spaces, like the high tables. And, when he makes this announcement I always sit there wishing I wasn’t one of the people he was talking to.
I’ll admit it: I’ve always tried to be the teacher’s pet. I’ve always loved when the coach would use me to set an example, or would notice something I did that was different…in a good way…from what the rest of the team was doing.
So, I decided the other day that I’m not waiting until Ben has to say something to all of us. The right thing to do is to follow the rules now. Because what should happen is that we should all just do things the way we’re supposed to so the coach doesn’t even have to worry about it in the first place.