The Discomfort of Assumptions

Process & Collaboration

Early on in the pandemic, I remember being nervous that exercising in my apartment would disturb the downstairs neighbors. Instead of simply texting them and asking, I stacked yoga mats, modified workouts, and did whatever I could to dampen the sound. Burpees are just not the same when you're worried about how hard your hitting the floor.

One day while heading out for a walk, we ran into each other. I mentioned my workouts and asked if it was bothering them. Their response:

"We rarely hear it, and when we do, we actually like it. It's a good reminder to be active. We end up working out or going out for a walk."

The discomfort created by assumptions outweighs any temporary discomfort felt when removing them. The sooner, the better.

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