Hey-Yo! It’s the FREAKIN’ WEEKEND so you know what that means!
…yupp, my ass is happily planted on the couch with Netflix and take out in arms reach.
At the ripe old age of 25, I’m beginning to catch myself thinking about going out on weekends, but almost always feeling like I’m “too old for that shit” now.
I’ve become one of those people continuously scrolling through my newsfeed seeing everyone out having fun, wanting to join in, but ultimately settling on staying in for the night.
Trust me, I’m not complaining about that.
But while that’s my life most weekends, there have been several times when I get that crazy urge to show my face in a multi-human setting. So if you need a little push like I do, here are some tips on how to get out and socialize for the night:
1. Plan Ahead
Try making plans with a group of friends for the weekend or after work so you have something to look forward to, ya know, to help you get through that monotonous 9-5 life.
2. Or Be Spontaneous
For me, sometimes the only way you’ll get me to leave my apartment is if it’s a last minute decision.
And of course by last minute, I mean at least give me an hour or two to get ready.
Not only does taking this approach add a little spice to your life, but it also doesn’t give you a chance to think up a million excuses as to why you shouldn’t (unless the bra’s already off…then the night out didn’t even stand a chance.)
3. Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best
Let’s face it. The older you get, the more acquainted you become with the hangover fairy. And as I’m sure you know, she’s BFFs with karma…they’re both bitches.
So to combat the inevitable, make sure to hydrate before, during, and after the alcohol intake process.
My favorite thing to do is buy two cartons of coconut water. One for me to down before bed, one for me to sip on the next morning.
On top of that, be sure to have some handy dandy aspirin ready to go.
4. Go Early
Grabbing drinks at 6 or 7 is totally acceptable…especially if you normally have a bedtime of 10.
You don’t need to screw up your norm by agreeing to head out at 10 and not getting to bed till 2 if you’re not feeling it.
5. Avoid Loud/Crowded Places
Ain’t nobody got time for pushing your way through thick crowds with strangers rubbing their sweaty bodies on you as you pass…*shudder at the thought*…
It’s also no fun to be screaming over insanely loud music just so the person next to you can hear what you’re saying.
So don’t feel like you have to go to a club or concert or whatever. Just hit up the local brewery, wine room, or casual bar scene. That way you can hang out with your friends in a chill, yet fun setting.
6. Just Don’t Go Downtown
As a follow up to #5, avoid downtown at all costs. It becomes crowd central on a Friday or Saturday night when all the youngins are trolling the streets.
7. Make Sure to Go with Good Friends
Nothing’s worse than going out with the wrong people. A dull conversation will only dampen the mood of the evening and leave you constantly thinking the entire time about the right excuse to go home early.
8. Drink Lite, Leave Early
Just say “no” to those shots your friends are trying to force-feed you. That’ll only lead you down a dirty, dirty path to nowhere good.
Instead, have a drink or two (three tops,) then peace out just as everyone starts to get too sch-wastey…then BOOM, you’ll be in your bed before you know it.
Hint: DO NOT offer to be DD. This only leads to you becoming an adult babysitter and will cause you to not go to sleep until at least 2am, if not later. Nobody wants that.
9. Pretend You’re 21 Again and Say “To Hell With It!”
Let your hair down and go crazy! You never go out.
Sure your future self will probably curse you for the next 24 to 48 hours, but it’ll be worth it for all the mems and GTs.
10. If All Else Fails, Channel Your Inner Grandma
Hey! There is no shame in skipping out on the late night festivities.
Sometimes its just as awesome (if not better) to invite a few friends over for a movie/game/wine night instead.
Feel free to ride solo. Pants-free, bra-free, worry-free.
Sounds good to me…
I wish you the best of luck on you outing endeavors. May the hangover fairy have mercy on your old soul.
#StayThirstyMyFriends, but more importantly #StayHydratedMyFriends.
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