One Sunday morning, a man was preparing for a long hike, which he enjoyed doing as part of his weekend routine. On this particular weekend, the man’s girlfriend expressed interest in joining him, but the man had concerns that would ultimately come to fruition.
A Busy Sunday
The man planned to head out early on a hike to a mountain peak nearby, which would take hours. His early rise was to facilitate returning from the hike by 1pm, at which point there was a football game he was eager to watch.
The Unexpected Invite
The man’s girlfriend surprised him by expressing her desire to accompany him on the hike, hoping to better herself and her body. The man hesitated due to his time constraints on that day but eventually agreed.
The Man’s Concerns
The man was concerned because he wasn’t confident his girlfriend would be physically fit enough to meet his strict time constraints. “It’s easy if you’re a vet like me, but still takes a few hours”, the man explained. “I made sure she understood that it would be challenging and that I was going to be going at a brisk pace because I needed to be home in time for the game.”
A Slow Start
As the couple embarked on the hike, the girlfriend quickly fell behind, struggling even before the steep ascent began. She requested frequent water breaks and attributed her difficulties to adjusting to the altitude, despite earlier assurances of her readiness.
The Mountaintop Confrontation
Upon reaching the peak, the man emphasized the need for a quicker descent to make it back in time for kickoff. The girlfriend, however, questioned whether spending time together was less important than the game. This led to a tense exchange in front of fellow hikers.
An Escalating Argument
The man attempted to defend himself, but it only led to escalations. “I explained that I had already told her the conditions beforehand and it wasn’t respectful of her to slow me down like this”, the man explained. “She got real mad and basically shrieked across the entire peak that I might as well just leave her up there”.
A Decisive Departure
The man, feeling both anger and embarrassment, decided to do as she asked and leave her on the peak, making the descent alone. He rationalized that the descent was easier, and there were others nearby to assist her if needed.
The Lone Descent
The man proceeded down the mountain alone and, with some remorse, watched the football game on his phone while waiting in the car. He noted with a touch of satisfaction that the girlfriend did not make it back until the game’s fourth quarter.
Following the incident, the girlfriend refused to communicate with her boyfriend. He acknowledged that his actions were hurtful but explained that her outburst had left him feeling humiliated and unsure of how to respond.
Contemplating His Actions
However, the silent treatment that the man received made it clear to him that he had messed up. He knew that he shouldn’t have left his girlfriend up a mountain, but he also felt disrespected and misled, as he had clearly explained the importance of his time constraints.
Venting His Distress
The man headed online to write up his conundrum for the world to see. “You suck for leaving an inexperienced hiker on the top of a mountain”, one reader stated. “You know that accidents can happen… what would you have done if she’d fallen and hurt herself?”
A Toxic Attitude
Many people commented on how the man belittled and spoke down about his girlfriend. “Just the way you talk about her”, started one furious reader. “Wow. I hope she keeps bettering herself without you… and honestly, all of that for a football game!?”
She’s Too Good for Him
The overall opinion was that the man had acted selfishly, and his girlfriend deserved better. “If a game is more important to you than your girlfriend then why do you even keep her around?”, asked a commenter sarcastically. “You sound really selfish and narrow-minded. The worst thing is that you don’t even know what is wrong with your behavior based on the words you use.”
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