7 Tips To Surviving An 8 P.M. Game

7 Tips To Surviving An 8 P.M. Game

It's harder than it seems.

The beloved 8 p.m. game, oh how I appreciate you. Night games are everyone's favorite, and that probably has something to do with how beautiful your football stadium looks at night or how the weather is actually cool enough to bear. Although I praise 8 p.m. games, surviving them is a little harder than it may sound. Tailgating can get the best of you, so you have to be sure to know what you're doing. With that being said, here are some tips on surviving an 8 p.m. game.

1. Sleep in.

If you don't have to be at the game until 8 p.m., there's no point in waking up at the crack of dawn to go tailgate. You should take the morning to sleep in and relax, because chances are you will be at the stadium until at least 11 p.m.

2. Eat.

Make sure you're nourishing your body with food. I'm going to be that person and say that stadium food is kind of gross, and all of the prices are jacked up. Do yourself a favor and don't spend $5 dollars on that soft pretzel, eat a little something before the game to hold you over.

3. Drink water.

"GET UP IT'S GAME DAY" is often the expression you hear when you're about to get rowdy with your friends, but make sure you're drinking enough water throughout the day so you don't get dehydrated.

4. Wear comfy shoes.

Nothing's worse than standing up for hours on end in those cute sandals you haven't quite broken in yet. Make sure to wear shoes you can walk around in and stand in for long periods of time. Your toes will thank you later.

5. Tailgate, but start late.

If you're going to a game that doesn't start until nighttime, there's no reason to tailgate extremely early in the day. Pace yourselves, people.

6. Stay with friends.

Having a buddy system is important. You don't want to be separated from people you know when you walk in to the stadium, nor do you want to be unsafe when you're walking to and fro. Make sure to stick with pals and you'll be sure to have a great time.

7. Make it to the game.

Night games are usually the best games, and you wouldn't want to miss the action because you're throwing up in the bushes because you drank too much at a tailgate. Make sure that you're with friends who will take care of you if you need it, and make sure you get to the game to see kick off.

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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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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.


Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.


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