Reasons To Go To NITC

Reasons To Go To NITC

"Nevada's Legendary Country Music Festival"

It’s that time of year again.

The time of the year when people get rowdy, party all night long, and enjoy the company of friends as they take in the sounds of country music.

Night in the Country (NITC) is a country music festival held in Yerington, Nevada, every late July. You get to camp out in the desert, whether it’s in a tent or trailer, and you get to spend the weekend with people who are all there for the same reason as you…to escape reality and have a good time with friends and family. The profits made from Night in the Country benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley.

I attended NITC in the summer of 2014, and it was one of the best highlights of my year. It was my first time going, and I couldn’t have gone with a better group. Half of the group were experienced goers while the other half were just as new as me to the whole event.

Man, all I can describe that weekend was that it was unforgettable. The music, the friends I was with, the new people I met in random campsites…there’s nothing better than being able to enjoy country music with people who like country music as much as you do.

Sara Torgerson was one of the people I attended NITC with, and without her, I probably would have been lost on what to do for and at NITC. She has attended NITC four times, and this year will be her fifth.

“NITC is a weekend of pure fun with friends where you don’t have to worry about anything,” said Torgerson.

Brian Kehoe has attended NITC once so far but will be unable to attend this year since he will be out of town that weekend.

“It is impossible to feel unhappy when country music is in the air," he said. "Even for non-country lovers…the saying eat, drink, and be merry really comes alive out there since the amazing music is only footsteps away from the campgrounds which means the food, music, bar and bed are all so close. Being a NEVADA student, I saw so many of my classmates out there really helping making the experience that much stronger.”

Bailey Clark has gone to NITC the past two years.

“I go because I personally am a fan of country music and camping,” said Clark. “My friends also go, which makes it 10 times more fun because I’m with people I enjoy being around.”

Everyone at NITC is so friendly, offering you drinks here and there, people saying "hi" to you, taking pictures with you, dancing with you…it is an event that has to be experienced.

Even if you are not a huge fan of country music, it is still fun to try something new, and if you still don’t like country music after your experience, at least you got to spend the weekend with friends and family.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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