Mid life show off? Depends. It’s all in the eye of the beholder isn’t it? Recently, I heard someone make a few snide remarks about me – “What a showoff. No shirt. Trying to impress people”.
“Dude, are you talkin’ to me”?, I asked impatiently.
“I guess I am”, the person said, also sounding impatient.
“I’m sorry, I’m not trying to show off. Went for a run earlier this morning”.
He then says, “Why not wear (baggy) gym shorts”?
To which I respond, “I’m a sprinter, and sprinters never wear baggy shorts. Ever watch swimmers”?
He quickly says, “Yes, with the skin tight pants”. “Exactly”, I say.
What was interesting was this:
- The person made judgements strictly from my appearance
- I never lost my patience
- With both walked away feeling better about both of us
Amazing what a little patience, creativity and self-control can do to get better results – skills instilled in me for the past 25 years. Hope it didn’t look like I was showing off.