This morning was supposed to be my first day back to spin class since about 6+ months ago! I had stopped going because I hated my gym (Bally’s Totaly Fitness). I got myself pumped up for spin when I checked out some bikes this weekend. I test rode a Giant Avail. It rode nicely. But I was nervous because it was slippery out and I was not used to the way my posture is on that bike.
I digress….back to spinning. I got up early at 5 AM to catch my train, which ended up sitting at my station for 20 minutes because of mechanical failures-engine failures…We then were told to get off the train, cross under the bridge and go to the other track to load the next train coming in. I was getting upset because I really wanted to make my spin class.
Well now for the strange part, the train was packed and going so slow. Mid-train ride, the woman next to me started shaking her leg. I thought it was a nervous tick. Then, she dropped her book and leaned down to get it. She was leaning her head on the seat in front of us then she leaned onto my gym bag which was sitting on my lap. She was making a weird noise and I said “Excuse me” a couple of times to see what she was doing. She sat up and had left some drool on my bag. I was freaked out and got up and stood up in the train. I looked back after a few stops, and she seemed to be normal. There was another person sitting with her.
I went to BSC and ran 4 miles. I had to get some commuter frustration out! I was bummed because I had missed spin, had to rush through stretching and didn’t get to do any weights. I was still sweating after my shower because I didn’t have much time to cool down.
I got to work and told my neighbor the story. He said it was most likely an epilepsy attack. I felt horrible because I had felt weirded out by the woman and didn’t even think to ask if she was ok! I had heard of epilepsy before but didn’t know what it was.
I was too stuck in my cranky pants mood about missing spin class and thinking “Oh great, something else fun for my commute, drool on my new bag!” I asked my coworker if there was anything I could have done, and told him I felt so bad about the thoughts going through my head! He said there wasn’t really much I could have done, if she wasn’t taking her medicine. It sometimes happens and they have to just wait through the attack (my coworker’s mother had epilepsy).
After that, I was reminding myself to think of others. I always try to, but sometimes you get caught up in your own stress and business. I remembered Flat Tire Friday where a friendly man helped me and Dave on a bad day and my $3 tip for the cabie that wasn’t as polite, but made me appreciate the more polite cabbies.
Sometimes I think too quckly. Maybe if I would have thought to have asked if that woman was alright if I wasn’t so focused on being a grump. I try to take a lesson from each experience, whether it is good or bad. This one was definately to try to think that there might be something beyond what might be just a strange person. It might be a person who needs help!
Have you ever realized you should have been more polite or considerate?
Have you had an experience that has opened your eyes?