I have to confess that I'm a little opinionated. My friend Shanon is one of those people who just doesn't share the same passions that I do and sometimes I find myself thinking "WTF?! How does she not think that's totally phenomenal?!"
Just the other day, I asked her if she wanted to run a warrior dash with me. To this she responded "Hell, no. I'm not paying that to run. That's expensive". I couldn't understand this mind set at all. First, I'm almost certain that $55 will be the least expensive race that I register for all year. And second, it's the Warrior Dash! It's people dressed up, beer, mud, fire, live music and an all around awesome time! But that's just my opinion and sometimes I have a hard time accepting that my opinion is not always shared by everyone else. On the flip side, Shanon is a member at her local gym, to which I respond "Hell no. I'm not paying monthly to work out. That's expensive". Shanon is far more mellow than I, thus, I'm sure she views treadmills, elliptical, and stationary bikes as calm, relaxing calorie burners. I, on the other hand, view these same items as monotonous torture machines.
Ultimately, we both work out because we like the way it makes us feel. I don't know about Shanon, but I can become a raging bitch if it's been too long since I got the endorphins pumping. We part ways when it comes to the preferred venue, and that's OK. She likes the stable reliability and amenities that a gym can offer. I like the constant change in scenery and connection with my environment and local community (I'm kind of a hippie) that being outdoors can offer.
Shanon and I may not ever be Best Running Buddies, but we're still concert buddies, gossip buddies, and somewhat drinking buddies (although we can't hang like we used to).
So it's ok Shan. You don't have to share my love of "competitive" running. It will just be one more thing that we bicker about in our old age. Other things Shanon and I disagree on would be hatchback cars, lady gaga, running skirts and sushi.
Are you opinionated like me? Do you have a best friend who is your total opposite? I think it makes things way more fun.