Dear Hotel Gym:
First off, I have to say: It’s not me. It’s you.
I appreciate what you’ve tried to do. I asked you to try, to spruce yourself up a bit and put a little effort into this relationship, and you did. You really made the effort. You cleaned up, bought yourself some nicer, updated gear, varied your selections, and most important, you did your best to maintain all that. And I really appreciate it. I do.
And for a while, it worked. I could at least use your equipment and feel like I got a decent enough workout in. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was relatively close, and I could handle that for the short amount of time we were together.
But now, in today’s world of on-demand everything, the truth is: It’s not good enough. This just isn’t working for me anymore. I just – I can’t bear to get up at six before my meeting starts or before the kids wake up, the morning after a long day of traveling, only to be faced with the sole treadmill occupied, the free weights lifeless and dormant on the rack, the musty carpets and a sole TV blasting CNN. And even if I manage to work up a sweat, are you telling me I get to treat myself afterward by pouring cereal out of a little box at the continental breakfast buffet?
Where’s the dynamism? Where’s the excitement? Where’s the personalization? I don’t feel encouraged when I step inside your mirrored walls. I don’t look forward to our time together. Lately, you’ve been kind of a drag. You’re just not lifting me up, and I gotta soar, baby. I want to meet new people and experience new things. I want to enjoy my passion someplace new and meet new people and share an adventure.
I know you put out fresh towels after I asked you to, and I appreciate it, but that’s just not what I really need. I need to go outside! I need to be out in the world. I need to go running through a park and grab a coffee and sit down outside afterward. I need to go for a hike and eat a snack at the top of a mountain. I need to go surfing and feel the water beneath my feet. And I need to do it with someone, someone who loves these things as much as I do and can loan me the gear to do them. That’s what I need, and there’s just no way you can give me that.
Again, I really want to thank you for everything you did. It’s just not enough. I need to be around people who share my passion. I need to be around people who care about what I care about. I need to use gear that’s cared for and mine alone. I know I can be selfish and demanding, but it’s who I am. I’m an athlete, and I need more. I deserve better.
Farewell, with love,
Every Athlete Ever