Preface: I am a Type-A personality. I live my life by a schedule. I like to plan what I am doing in advance and feel totally derailed if said plans get messed up, especially if it is out of my control. Which is why I am so proud to tell this story…
Let me tell you about Monday’s swim…
I have been swimming at the piece of shit gym LA Fitness by my house since I moved back home. I typically swim every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6am. The pool is almost always full; there are people in the pool when I get there, more come as I am swimming and there are people getting in as I am getting out. I have found Monday morning to be the busiest day/time for the pool. So whatta ya know…Monday, I get to the gym and there is a sign on the door that “the pool is closed for cleaning.” Seriously?? Anyway, I go in and ask the woman why they wouldn’t give any notice and she says, “we put the sign up yesterday afternoon” which annoyed me even more because more than likely, those who workout every weekday morning, do not go on Sunday afternoons. Oh, and back at Easter they told me the pool was closed because they don’t like to clean on high volume days. Just saying.
Now…typically, I would let this really irritate me and probably ruin my morning. But after a quick pout I decided to take these lemons and make lemonade. (For the record, I HATE that saying!) It did not make sense to go all the way back home (the gym is on my way to work) so I decided to head to the next closest LA Fitness (which was another 15 minutes away!) and do what I could. Even though this meant I would only have 25 minutes in the pool, it was still going to be 25 more minutes than I would have had if I did nothing.
The best part about the whole thing, other than the fact that I kept calm and did not let it ruin my day, was that I really enjoyed my swim. Turns out, I also forgot my watch (another thing I would normally let bother me) and I really couldn’t time myself, so I did a bunch of drills and a little free swimming. It was quite nice, actually.
I am proud that I was able to control my frustration and quickly find a solution to my problem. I know yelling at the ditz reading a magazine girl at the front desk will not help me get my workout done. I know pouting and driving home will not help get my work out done. I know, that sometimes, life throws a curveball and messes with the applecarts. More times than not, I do not handle it well. But this time I did. Yeah for small successes 🙂
Now…if only I could always be that way!
Are you go with the flow or a schedule junkie? How do you handle change in a situation?
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