There’s a naked lady at the gym I go to.
I’m not kidding! I’ve been 3 different mornings at 8 a.m. and she was there and 2 different afternoons at 2:00 and 1:00 and she was there. She hasn’t been there every single time I’ve been at the gym (we’ve been almost every day since we joined for swimming or running), but it has been enough of a trend that I am starting to take notice.
Our gym has shower curtains in the locker room showers. This is a rare gift in China where most locker rooms have open showers where you can see each other. And the general trend is that ladies stand in the shower and chat with their friends and are all very open about their nudity. I’m so not open about nudity.
Well, this woman doesn’t use the shower curtain. She just leaves it open. And then when I come in the locker room to change shoes (I wear crocs outside and change inside so I can keep my shoes nicer for longer due to the dirt/filth outside) she peeks out of her shower, I assume to see who it is. She always smiles when she sees me and then comes OUT of the shower and starts chatting with me. I cringe.
I seriously race through putting on my shoes, tying them up lightning fast, grabbing a hand towel, shoving my stuff in the locker… “oops, gotta go, bye!” and run out of there.
It isn’t that I’m so terribly uncomfortable with nudity. I mean, sure, I’d prefer if we’re going to stand around and chat we throw a towel on… but the whole coming out of the shower just to talk to me while you’re naked thing… it gives me the heebie jeebies.
I feel bad about this because she’s really just being nice and I should take that chance to build a friendship with her. But I also question (internally) “Dad, please please!! Don’t make me be friendly to naked people!! I mean, I want to do things to please You but talking to naked ladies in the locker room is just one step too far!” One more step outside my ever-shrinking comfort zone!