“You can do this,” I said aloud to myself as I tried to figure out what to wear on my first night out in two years. “Everyone will love the new you.”
I decided that my favorite pair of jeans, a new black sweater and my lucky socks with cowboy boots were the perfect combination for a night of dancing. I gave my dog Lucky a new chew toy, emerged from my Layer of Joy (a.k.a. the basement), said goodbye to my parents and drove away with excited anticipation. I was going out!
We’re so blessed to have The Bedford Playhouse in our community. It’s such a wonderful theater that has so many cool things like movies, events, lectures and even fun concerts like the one I was on my way to see. Plus, they serve delicious food and drinks. Really, what’s not to love?
I was pretty confident I’d see people I knew from high school at this concert. Even though Robin Reitzes and her band aren’t recent grads like me, she’s an incredible singer, the musicians are very talented and the event was free. Up and coming future leaders of the world, like myself, need to preserve our cash.
I arrived fashionably late, and the band was already playing when I walked in. The place was packed! There was a group of high schoolers hanging out near the stairs, a kids table in between them and the band and real adults (you know, the ones with steady jobs and retirement plans) everywhere. I looked around the room and even peeked into that cozy nook in the back, but I didn’t spot anyone my age. This was clearly the place to be, so where were they?
But the new me doesn’t let a little disappointment ruin an evening. I’ve watched enough TikToks to know exactly what to do in these situations. I can make new friends!
I headed over to the bar because that’s where the coolest people hang out, ordered a drink and sang along to “Girl Crush.” How’d they know that I love this song? I actually think their version was better than Little Big Town’s – these guys can harmonize!
After a few sips of a delicious blood orange martini, it was time to make my move. I confidently walked up to a friendly-looking group of grown-ups, held out my free hand and introduced myself. Sure, it was a little rude to interrupt their conversation, but they didn’t seem to mind. They said they were friends with the band, and I asked them if they wanted to dance. They explained that they hadn’t seen each other in a while so they were all catching up. How boring.