The Fundamentals of a Great Night Out

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Everything you need to have a great night out

“You should always go because you never know who you are going to meet.” This is a quote that has stuck with me for a long time. I think I read it in a book in like the 7th grade, and 7th grade me took that to heart and tried to convince my mom I DO NEED TO GO to the school play because what if I sit next to the guy that’s going to make me a star. I did not, it was my 6th-grade math teacher I sat next to because there was NO one else, at the school play but whatever the saying still stands.

Staying home is easy, but going out can be very hard. Am I right? Like there’s a lot of effort that goes into getting dressed, making plans, resisting the urge to cancel plans, and physically leaving the house.

Great nights out can create memories that stick with you for a lifetime. When I think of nights out I think of my senior year in college or nights downtown with friends. But if we’re past that stage of our life, how can you recreate the magic? What makes for an incredible night out in your late 20s when you have slightly more responsibility and a social norm to not wild out?

Everything you need to have a great night out

Here are some pointers:

Ignore The Time
The best times in your life are those when you’re not working to a schedule. Ignoring the time helps you enjoy the moment and get the most out of your outing. Watching the clock makes it feel like the rest of your life where you have to meet deadlines and do specific tasks by a particular time. You don’t want your night out to feel like work: it should be fun.

It's totally okay to go out on work nights. However, if you are having a big night out, then it’s best to clear your schedule for the following day. You don’t want to have to worry about getting up early for your job or some other commitment. Time should not be an inhibiting factor.

Rid Your Mind of Expectations
You can’t force a great night out. It’s either something that happens, or it doesn’t. Trying to make it happen leads to additional stress and pressure which will ultimately undermine your plans. What you want is to see your night out as an experiment. It’ll either work or it won’t. But if it does, you could have the time of your life. Going with the flow is the best realm of advice I can give here.

The great thing about ridding your mind of expectations is that it frees you up to try new things on the fly. Often the best experiences are those that are the most spontaneous.

Everything you need to have a great night out

Get Somebody Else To Drive
Nights out usually involve drinking, but even if yours doesn’t, it’s still nice to have somebody take over the driving so that if you want to change location quickly, you can. Gone are the days of a designated driver because there are all kinds of transport services out there and you can find more info at

Having a driver means that nobody in your party has to miss out on the fun and everyone can enjoy the experience together. You get the flexibility you need to act spontaneously. Great news, right?

Find New Friendships
I am a huge fan of friends of friends of friends to the nth degree. That is where your social circle expands the most. If you’re going out with a group of people, invite somebody new along for the ride. A lot of times your friends will bring out people whom you’ve never met either and, as I’ve stated previously, you never know who you’re going to meet.

Everything you need to have a great night out

Have a Confident Attitude

Having a confident attitude is often easier said than done, especially if you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from anxiety issues. But confidence isn’t something that people naturally have: mostly it’s a performance. The trick is finding out how that performance works for you. BE a temporary W.O.O.-er. W.O.O. stands for Winning Others Over. Most people can usually achieve confidence by discovering the desires of other people and meeting them. According to, having a great night out often involves finding what other people want and delivering on that, but don’t sacrifice your own happiness at another’s expense.

We’ve come full circle with my inspiring quote of going out because you never know who you are going to meet. However, going out, in general, is good for the soul. Our bodies aren't meant to be couped p at home. How do you expect to grow, learn and experience? Take this little blog post as a sign to not cancel those plans and give yourself a night out of fun!

Everything you need to have a great night out

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