Now that we are all starting to have in real life social happenings…
I went to dinner with friends the other day- had a wonderful time. Great conversation. Lots of laughs. Always have fun with this couple. Totally enjoyed myself and look forward to seeing them again soon.
Last weekend went out with two couples. Day was nice. Nice. Is nice a great description though? Do you really want someone to say that it was a “Nice” time? Or do you want to use a better adjective? Is “I had a nice time” just another way to say that you were bored 75% of the day?
When you go out with friends, how do you want to describe the outing?
I don’t need the outing to be “Epic”. I am not an “epic” person. I don’t do “epic”. No one is ever going to spend an evening with me and say that it was the best night evvvvvver. I am never going to wake up somewhere that I didn’t intend to. I am never going to look at my wrist and wonder why I have a wristband on. There is never going to be an unexplained tattoo on my body…
So what words do I hope I say after spending time with friends?
- intellectually stimulating
So now you know my goal. No body art. Plenty of conversation.
But what makes it a “pleasurable outing”?
What is the difference between a “nice” time and a “great” time?
Think back to the last time you were with friends. I realize that for some of you this is over a year ago… What makes time with friends so special?
I know that I have a much better time with old friends. The couple we went out to dinner with we’ve known a long time. There’s a shorthand to old relationships. We know one another’s opinions on things- we can build onto the existing relationship. We know what topics to avoid. We know how far we can “push” one another. We know what makes our friends laugh. I am going to see my oldest and closest friends in a few weeks. To say that I am excited is an understatement. I guess there is a feeling of relaxation with old friends- they know your secrets. They were probably there for some of them. I think that when I am relaxed and feel safe I can have a much better time.
So, for me, familiarity does not breed contempt. Familiarity allows me to be me. When I am “Me” I have a much better chance of having a lively time.
But what are the other variable that go into having an “entertaining” evening or outing?
Everyone being equally invested in the outing?
The last time you were out with people other than your immediate family, what made the excursion good or bad? Boring or exciting? Lively or dull?
What makes a for a good social interaction?
Does alcohol need to be involved for a group outing to be successful?
How do you define having a good time?