The Comedy in Competition

Maitreya Thakur
Dec 16, 2018 · 2 min read

Always expect the unexpected — if you can. (Though of course you can’t because the unexpected by definition can’t be expected.)

Anyhow, the gym is one place where hardly anything unexpected ever happens. You go there at the same time, you do the same thing, and you come back and look forward to (or dread) doing the same thing again. But the unexpected has habit of appearing unannounced, doesn’t it?

Recently I bumped into someone at the gym whom I hadn’t seen in years. It was a brief, and as you will see, an utterly strange encounter. As you’d expect, we expressed surprise and made good small talk — weather, sport and Brexit. He then moved on to body building and offered a few vacuous (and evidently false) praises about my fitness and strength before proceeding to challenge me to an arm wrestling match.

But praise be to the almighty for right at that moment I was able to eek out the last remnants of my strength just in time for him to give up.

Phew.

I finished by offering him some vague advice on arm wrestling as the other two watched. I then left the spot promptly and spent the next half an hour reflecting on how to avoid getting drawn into such ego battles.

An out-and-out offbeat and comic episode of this kind only goes to show that you can’t — you really can’t — expect the unexpected.

The Coffeelicious

Home to some of the best stories on medium. Look around, relax and enjoy one with a sip of coffee.

Maitreya Thakur

Written by

Lover of words. Eager to share, see, learn and improve.

The Coffeelicious

Home to some of the best stories on medium. Look around, relax and enjoy one with a sip of coffee.