I work out at a local gym.
After I exercise (or what can be called exercise, but most would laugh at my lack of physical interaction with any machines...) I take a shower.
Most people do, they get off the workout floor, go into the gym, (maybe grab a steam) - and then they jump in the shower.
At my gym there are 8 showers stalls.
Each one has it's own curtain, with it's own showerhead.
Out of the 8 showers, ONE SHOWER is better than the rest.
Why is it better?
Because the showerhead is 10x better than the other 7 showers. The other 7 basically, are average in terms of strength of water , they have limited pressure, and you reluctantly use the remaining 7 ---if you have to settle....and cannot get the #1 BEST SHOWER.
1 out of 8 is a GREAT shower. Always aim for that top performing shower, when you go to my gym.
Sometimes, I find myself stalling, waiting to see if the timing is just right, to get in, as the guy is getting out. (it's always occupied, because it's the best)
EVERY GUY AT THE GYM DOES THE SAME RITUAL.
I call it, "waiting and hoping for the excellent shower..."
It's unspoken. However, I have told the manager -- and I will quote his response to me, "we know about it, and we will be working on it."
I found out today what, "working on it means" from a gym manager perspective.
Instead of fixing the other 7 showers, and bringing them up to par with the best shower --- and making all the showers WORK AS WELL AS THE BEST, or #1 shower.....someone decided to......
"IMPAIR THE SHOWERHEAD OF THE BEST SHOWER, THUS BRINGING MY FAVORITE SHOWER, DOWN TO THE WORKING LEVEL OF THE OTHER 7 SHOWERHEADS."
Some "showerhead engineer" made the decision to not fix the shower, but lower the standards for showers at the gym.
How could they? How could someone make a decision to not upgrade, but bring down the BEST, to make them even, across the board...and stop the overuse of the STELLAR SHOWER?
Why not fix it?
Because it's too costly. It cost more to fix 7 showers, than it does to, "make them all even, and upgrade the lowest performing showers to, match the BEST..."
Parallels to life.
I feel as though we do this in our lives. We tolerate it, and encourage it.
In our school systems, are we focused on the, best and brightest? Or, is the smartest kid in the classroom, FORCED TO LEARN at the same pace as the kid who is not grasping the material?
Is the "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" - policy of our education world, at the EXPENSE OF, and does it hurt the, BEST KID in the class?
I felt the sting of "averageness" today - and I hated it...
There are more parallels to this.....I name education, as but one example.
Tonight I'm exhausted, and can't really "nail" any examples -- but, I'm sure some of my readers can....
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The Shower Head hit me hard. Not sure why.
But, the complete drive home....I kept thinking of Little League baseball -- and winning and losing, understanding the difference at 6 years old.
It was a great lesson in life -- whether as a little kid, with a bunch of six year olds - we won or lost....to our classmates. We celebrated victory,(with a Slurpee from 7-11) and understood defeat. It taught us how to STRIVE FOR VICTORY, but be a good loser.
Today, amongst six year olds in our town -- EVERYONE WINS. There is no loser .... they are all told (the kids) at the end of the game, "its a tie."
Are we all (metaphorically) allowing ourselves, to become the, 7 showerheads?
Showerheads and Life.....thoughts?