Yesterday I spent all day with friends. For many high schoolers, I am sure that isn’t a big deal. But I am more of an introvert, and a planner, and being seriously dedicated to football means I usually spend my summer days going to practice for a few hours in the morning, coming home to rest for a while, then going to more practice at night. And I love it. I see my friends at football and I spend time with my family at home. So spending all day bouncing between get-togethers and friends was an unusual occurrence for me.
But it turned out to be really fun! I went mini golfing with friends in the morning, then went to the Seattle Reign game with other friends and finally to a dinner party with a big group of yet other friends. It turned out to be a fantastic day. It was super fun (and exhausting). I think us less-social people get stuck in our ways sometimes, and forget how much fun it can be to go out with friends. Then we forget how great our friends really are.
I know we all have our excuses: I’m too busy, I don’t have time, I like spending time alone, I need to relax, I don’t like crowds. But every once in a while, or more often than that, we all need to try something new. Or even if it’s not new, we need to do something a little out of the ordinary. And spending more time with friends doesn’t necessarily mean there is less time to do other things. So if you don’t get together with friends very often, I challenge you to organize something with your friends in the very near future. I bet you’ve forgotten how much fun being with your friends can be.
This isn’t just to be applied to being with friends, though. Maybe there’s a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to go to for a while, or you used to go biking every day, but you’ve been so busy lately that there just hasn’t been time. Make time! That’s really the hardest part. But you just have to set a time and hold yourself to it. Don’t go in with your mind already set to not enjoy it. Give it your best shot to have fun. Don’t think about what else you could be doing, or what you are missing; relax and enjoy where you are. You might have a blast or you might discover you don’t want to spend your time doing this. But at least you tried. You never know. You may find your new favorite restaurant, or that you really love to bike. You might be reminded, like I was, that your friends are really fun, cool people and you really like to hang out with them.
Well, this post started as a reflection on my social life and turned into a call for everyone to be a little more outgoing… I hope it helps you (re)discover a passion or a good time. Personally, I am going to try to live on my toes a little more. Thanks for reading!