Keeping your friendships into your 20s is as important as keeping yourself groomed. With eat-what-you-catch entrepreneurship becoming the only viable career path in 2016, ambitious 20somethings are finding it impossible to balance their careers with their social lives.
Whether we’re chasing affluence or the perfect salary for happiness ($75,000), both leave almost no time for the friends that we call family. On top of that, some friends move away and others start families. There has to be a better solution than just going out to drinks on the weekends; one that satisfies our need for atmosphere, laughs and love.
Traveling to festivals and staying in close quarters with intimate friends is our best chance to feel the social experiences that can make our grinds worthwhile.
When we’re done studying, working and exercising, we like to go out and feel a new atmosphere, preferably one that charms us into relaxing, dancing and loving. Week-long festivals like Art Basel, SXSW and Miami Music Week stage events where brands work with venues to throw the hottest parties of the year.
Regardless of whether you traveled in with just your partners-in-crime or the entire squad, these trips always lead to good stories after the fact because different social circles are welcome to meet each other in a hospitable environment.
If you want to meet some new people to party with, there are clutch apps like Mix’d. It’s like Tinder for music lovers, so users automatically have something in common that’s near-and-dear to their hearts. Regardless of whether you’re at Coachella, Bonnaroo or Ultra, romantic flings doesn’t count on vacation – so let loose! No one’s judging.
Something to Look Forward To
Career moves take months, if not years, to make. Seeing friends daily or weekly can paint a near-sighted picture of them being complacent when they’re working as hard as they can.
Many students rebel in the opposite direction and resign from social life entirely. They announce “I don’t go out” when they might as well say “I’m such a square that I’ll grow up to be a cube!”
Waiting months in advance for these events is an exciting ride because you know you’ll have triumphs to share with your friends. Looking forward to these week-long utopias juices you to work harder towards the milestone than you otherwise would’ve if seeing your friends more often.
You may be thinking, “Is that all I have to gain?” to which I’d respond “No, you can also make new friends.” These events draw like-minded individuals from around the world to spend a week in a temporary zone of planetary civilization based on art, music and love.
With everyone so comfortable, it’s never been easier to make inspiring friends whose success drives you to step up your game. Going to these events with old friends is an upward spiral that gets me so excited I vomit rainbows.