What Happens at the Gym, Stays in the Gym
The other day I was talking to one of my really good friends Simi (a great friend from my undergrad stint at West Virginia University). I told her how pathetic my social life has become, and that aside from studying and talking on the phone with her and other study pals, there really wasn't much going on. She suggested going out. I told her that I could, but that going out would only make me neurotically anxious about not studying and that the guilt I would feel the whole night would just put a damper on the evening.
I then said I had a social life in blogging, which is true. I like coming here to talk and to read about other people's lives. I love the comments I get from fellow bloggers and leaving comments about their posts too. It makes me feel less like a recluse.
About the gym, I've gotten to know several people there. Yesterday, one of the girls I met there suggested that a big group of us go out. I know that she and I talked about everything under the sun while working out. We talk to another group of people too and for the last thirty minutes of my gym time, this group of ours gathers around the water fountain and shoots the shit. So she suggested that we go out. I told her that I would be up for it.
I'm just wondering, will we be able to carry on conversations outside the gym? Does our relationship go beyond just cardio, upper and lower body reps? What would we talk about outside the realm of rubberized flooring and mirrored walls?
It just makes me think of those people that you sit beside in class, the guys you talk with until the professor arrives, for a whole semester and then never see again. But during that semester you learn about their whole family, the fights with their boyfriend/girlfriend and roommate issues. But when class gets out or is over, you don't have their number, and no way to get in touch with them. And then when you do see them, it's awkward and you just kind of nod and keep walking.
Does what happens at the gym only happen at the gym cause you are trapped in there with no one else to talk to?