After spending the afternoon with my brother - who’s suffered debilitating anxiety attacks for 2 years - I venture into the gym, hoping to wind down.
I have a big smile on my face as I snap my fingers at the front-desk girl to get her attention.
‘It’s very disrespectful to snap your fingers at someone’
Some overweight guy snaps out. He must be joking, and I chuckle in return. I’m being playful, and after a rough afternoon the last thing I expect is confrontation.
But no. The fat guy stares at me. He’s got the macho attitude down to a notch. I let him know where I come from - I grew up in Europe - it’s just a playful thing to do.
To my dismay he replies ‘Well, this is America, we don’t do that here’.
I didn’t give him another minute as I walked out. I didn’t care enough to tell him I serve in the U.S. Air Force; I didn’t care to tell him a big smile makes the difference between disrepectful and playful.
I started wondering what kind of guy he is. A big macho attitude, no ability to tell when someone’s messing around, hanging out at the front desk as if it was a bar. Now here is someone who:
Has little of a life
Does not get laid much
Is trying to overcompensate for inadequacies - some of which I would guess involve not feeling like very much of a man
Has a miserable job - and one not requiring much brains
Thinks being miserable and rude will make him a bad boy and girs will flock to him.
Is a loser not worth wasting a minute of my time on.
I’ve never met anybody worth hanging out - or worth knowing - with this type of attitude.
Is it such a tough concept? Real tough guys with pure testosterone flowing feel GOOD and love to have fun and be playful.
Pussies and sick bastards trying to overcompensate for inadequacies have to focus so hard on acting tough and hiding their sickness/weakness they forget life is about having fun.