“Hundred,” he boasts, As he puffs his chest. Proudly he stands, As he dusts his hands. “Your turn,” he says, As his eyes gleam. I take one deep breath, Myself, I motivate. My lazy brain, I ignore, As I kneel on the floor. My palms meet the cold, Plank position, I hold. “Go,” he says, full of encouragement, His eyes sparkling with excitement. I lower my chest to meet the floor, And my hands are already sore, Oh, damn floor! Why are you so far? I don’t have much power, I really can’t go lower. “One,” he says as I finally make it. Another one, I can’t take it. “Just one more,” he encourages. My face scrunches, As I try to muster the power, And push my chest lower. But then I hit the floor, That’s how it goes, push-ups with bro.
It’s so common. Ice-breakers and networking among smokers are so much easier.
I can’t comprehend how it goes, you share a cigarette and suddenly you are best friends. Maybe I’m exaggerating but look around you. Two people who smoke together have so much better bond in a shorter span of time.
Yes, there are exceptions, and non-smokers are amazing friends. But it’s so much easier to network and build up a rapport when you’re a smoker. And that’s what I hate about it!
I’m a non-smoker. I have friends who smoke, and I have an amazing relationship with them. They are amazing human beings, and I adore them. The real problem arises in the work space where taking cigarette breaks are so common.
People go for cigarette breaks, have some discussion, finalize everything, crack up some ideas, and we the non-smoker are nowhere in the loop. Isn’t this isolation of non-smoker from important discussions awful?
So what do we do?
We go along the on the break, sometimes sipping coffee, sometimes standing idle and many a time catching the same habit. But do we have any options? Either we can go out along inhaling the toxic smoke exhaled, or we lag professionally.
I know we need breaks in between work. Things get hectic, the mind gets clutters and we need to clear it out. So, can we take a KitKat break instead? Or a coffee break? Or anything else that doesn’t affect the people around?
As much as I wish smoking in the workplace to be banned, I know it’s not possible. Many people are addicted to it, and most of them are trying to quit. It’s not easy to stop smoking. But wouldn’t it help if offices created an atmosphere where taking a smoking break isn’t a norm?
It’s going to be a slow, very slow change. But it’s gonna be worth it!