So you’re sitting there. With all that food in front of you. Nodding along to the music. A minute goes by, then 2. You begin to feel slightly foolish. You also begin to feel curious about the conversation. And then your resolve weakens. And you get up and join them outside. Well atleast some of you do.
Imagine an even more gruesome scenario. You’re at the office canteen. There’s major gossip happening over who is getting bonuses this year. And one of them gets up and says ‘ acha, I need a smoke, let’s go outside”. What do you do? Oh, what do you do. You can’t sit there in the canteen, expecting them to pause the conversation till they get back. No… in fact you know that the conversation will get even more bitchy, and positively more wicked over the smokes. Will you wait there sipping your limp coffee? Nah. Maybe once, maybe twice. And then slowly your naiveté will die and so will your resolve. And the next time someone says “Let’s go for a smoke” with that meaningful ( ‘I have SO much to tell you) look, you will jump up, go out and stand and gossip. All the while shifting your position to avoid the smoke. But you can’t really avoid the smoke, can you?