There is something about sweat that really bonds people together; if you can sweat in front of someone, or better yet, with someone, you’re bound for life.
I’ve been thinking about something my cousin Sammi told me about the women’s only gym she used to workout at. Let me paraphrase: “It was really cool. You’d be working out, and have a city judge on one side of you, a teacher on the other, and everyone would be chatting and networking. And, there was no pressure to put on make-up.” The idea of fitness as a network building activity has not particularly occured to me. Which is funny, given that I ended up making one of my closest friends, Kristin, because we both wanted to run. So working out can be both a social and a business networking situation. I actually got a desk job a few years ago because the mom of one of the lifeguards at my old pool knew of an opening at the high school she worked at. If I had not been swimming there, I never would have even known about that job.
And Jazzercise was a fantastic place to meet people. I got set up on dates because of Jazzercise. I had a support group because of them. I had job leads, parties to go to, and a nice network of people who often had nothing in common but one thing: we faithfully showed up to a community center gymnasium four times a week and did dance aerobics to hits from 1950 through the present.
Today, at the new pool, thinking about what Sammi said, I took the opportunity of having a fellow bleary eyed swimmer in the locker room with me as I secured my swim cap. I asked this stranger if she knew the area, and could tell me where a post office was. A simple enough question, one that I could have easily located an answer to on the internet. However, asking gave me the opportunity to strike up a conversation, to begin, what could turn out to be, a casual accquaintanceship with someone who may have ties to other people, who I may be able to help out one day, and who may be able to help me out.
Where I’ll find these other fitness buffs here in Orange County has yet to be determined. It’s only week one though, so I figure I have some time.