Choosing the Healthy Option

Since when is choosing the ‘healthly option’ showing Off?

I mean – if you opt to take the stairs rather than the escalator – as every single health expert and on-line column advices – why are you guilty of showing off.

Case in point – the Pork Whisper and I were in Montreal. The metro (aka underground) has 3 access methods – escalators, stair cases (often quite long as they depend on how underground the ‘Underground’ actually is), and occasionally elevators.

I always opt for the stairs – up and down – if I’m not feeling too tired. It’s basically good exercise. I don’t even think about it really – stairs – take them.

So – 2 days ago – the Pork Whisper and I were taking the metro and I opted for the stairs up. And she suggested I only did it because I wanted to show off. Apparently she had spotted an older woman who was gingerly walking to the elevator and decided that I had seen her too. So suddently what I was doing for exercise became showing off.


Do I sometimes make the same mistake? See someone doing something and assume reasons for their behavior that actually have no basis in reality? I’ll bet I do!

Case in point – just now I was walking to get in line for the bus – and clearly wasn’t moving fast enough for a young man behind me. He scooted around me – and got in line ahead of me. So Rude.

But is that what really happened? Did he even see me? Did he just see the line forming and realized he needed to hustle to make the bus? Is my ‘he cut me off’ assumption as empty and unrealistic and as ungrounded in truth as the assumption that my taking the stairs was showing off?

Well – either way – I’m still taking the stairs as long as time and health permit.

Show off – or not!

Signing off – The Soup Lady

4 thoughts on “Choosing the Healthy Option

  1. I didn’t say you were showing off – in fact, you accused me of believing that in the moment, and I denied it at the time. Since we had spent the day together and you HADN’T chosen to take the stairs every time, I will agree that I didn’t think you had done it as a matter of course. What I thought had happened was that you had seen an elderly couple with little mobility, and it had reminded you that you needed to use it or lose it, hence the stairs. I didn’t think it was about showing off to me or them. But now I suspect it WAS because this post is a blatant self-congratulatory show off! Hahahah

    • Perhaps I didn’t take the stairs every time for fear of hurting your feelings? You weren’t feeling well as I recall. But the topic still holds – do we see behavior and imply reasons that perhaps aren’t valid?

      • Fair enough – but I couldn’t have known that! Haha.

        Well, definitely – there is a whole branch of psychology devoted to bias like that… The basic idea is that the world is just too complicated for us to analyze it thoroughly all the time, so we all have a set of assumptions that we rely on to get through the day. Often those are very helpful assumptions! But sometimes… As in the above instances (not the one about me – because that didn’t happen!) sometimes it leads to the wrong conclusion.

      • True – It just makes me wonder how often I’m guilty of making these kinds of assumptions. And how one can avoid, if not doing it – at least not judging people for doing things that reflect our assumptions about their behavior. Then again – maybe too heady a topic for this blog.

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