Going To A Concert By Yourself Is Not As Bad As You May Think

Going To A Concert By Yourself Is Not As Bad As You May Think

This is coming from an "adult" who still relies on her mother to make her doctor appointments

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As a lot of people know, I love going to concerts. I try to go as much as my time and money allows me to go and now that I live in Los Angeles, it has definitely made it easier to follow my concert lifestyle.

Every time I go to a concert, I ALWAYS go with friends or with my family and so I've always been skeptical and extremely nervous about ever going to a concert by myself.

When I buy concert tickets, I always ask friends if they wanna come with me and most of the time they say yes but a few months ago I bought concert tickets just for myself because I feared my friends would flake on me since I was moving away from home for school.

Recently, I went to my first concert all by my lonesome self and if I have to be honest it was fun and totally exceeded my expectations.

Here are a few tips on surviving a night out by yourself:

1. Ride-share services are your homies

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I don't have a car so I always rely on friends, family, or public transportation. Uber and Lyft have cheap pool options so choose those if you want to get there quickly and save some money! It gets hectic since A TON of people orders them at the same time so be smart and communicate with your driver!

2. Be smart when it comes to buying things inside a venue

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As much as you want that tour t-shirt, is it worth buying it for $40 when it's really worth $15? Being by myself made me feel less pressured to buy merchandise than when I'm with others. I honestly think buying the $10 from the bootleggers outside the venue is much more worth it especially when you're saving money and still getting a decent shirt! If you do buy a shirt from the bootleggers, always bring cash!

3. Don't be afraid to ask people questions

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If you are lost, ask people for help! Do not be afraid, most of the time people will be nice and WILL help you! One person approached me to help since I did look like a lost puppy. If that happens, do not be embarrassed, getting lost can happen to anyone!

4. Have fun

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One positive thing about going by yourself is that you're not stressed that you have to rely and wait on others. You're on your own time and you're responsible for your fun night! Dance like no one is watching and no one is judging!

Some people might not like being alone and I thought I would have never like going to a concert by myself but I had the best time all by myself! I can't wait to go to another concert by myself sometime soon!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Friends I Can Be Myself Around

An open letter to those whose friendships I value more than a pint of Graeter's ice cream.

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There are those friends I love and care about deeply, but cannot be my true self around. Someone asked me before, "How can you call someone your friend if you can't be yourself around them?" I don't change myself to accommodate them or act in a manner unnatural to me — I just don't show them some sides of me. Growing up, some of my friends did not understand how I could ever want to write books or how I could love reading so much, so I learned at a young age to keep that side of me to myself. And yes, those are important parts of me, but my friends who did not understand it did accept it, and that was enough. Some thought it bizarre and humorous I love Celtic instrumental music or said some hurtful things about what I love that I realize now wasn't okay. But at the end of the day, there is love between us and common ground where I just remember to not mention some things.

Then there are those friends I can be my complete, unapologetic, authentic self with. The ones who support and encourage you to chase your dreams, even if they don't understand them. The ones who you can cry to about something silly, say whatever is on your mind without regretting it, and who thinks it's preposterous you refuse to fart in their presence because your other friends would give you crap for it (pun intended, and also true story). The ones you stay up late into the night talking about philosophy and crushes until your voices begin to rasp. The ones who are the closest to your heart.

I want to say thank you to these brilliant, caring, beautiful friends, new and old. Your love and support has helped me at all times, through the good and the bad and the boring. I only hope to be the same friend to you, to be open-minded, supportive, and enthusiastic. I believe it is important to cultivate a wide range of friends and support, but many of the friendships I mention earlier will most likely only be kept alive through memories; ours will last many lives to come. I look forward to growing old with you all and growing together.

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