Do you know that feeling? You’re feeling nervous, and a bit unsure of yourself. You’re not really making eye contact with anyone because you’re just trying to figure out where to put your jumper and keys. You know you look like a newbie and it makes you more self conscious as you struggle with your headphones and your phone and your water bottle doesn’t want to play the game. You stand on the big machine and suddenly you realise you have no idea what you’re doing. What button do I press? Oh there’s a button…..it says quick start so it can’t be that bad…..and then you press it and it’s moving….and you’re walking! Now to figure out how to move faster than the snail’s pace that is set….push more buttons whilst not falling off and not getting your headphones tangled in your swinging arms.
Then you stand tall and start walking like you’ve got this in the bag….but on the inside you’re thinking ‘that lady is probably looking at me like what the hell is she doing??’ but then the door opens…..and you see it. A familiar face! You wave your arms whilst trying not to fall off, then they look up and see you and wave and smile and you automatically feel better. All the self consciousness is gone and you feel like you belong.
isn’t that the best? It made me so happy.