Shared experiences are much better
Awhile ago, I shared my experience when I went to a weekend conference. It didn’t go well. Or at least, it was a negative experience for me. The other delegates’ mileage may have differed.
At the last minute, two of my peers decided to go too. I was relieved. At the very least, I’d have pleasant people to talk to on the drive there and back.
It was much much better. I think the reason was because my peers/friends were in the car, and we were able to talk and joke on the way. It was also better because I had a chance to see (and be a bit silly) with a few other friends at the conference.
And it was better because we could all have a good whinge about the things we didn’t like about the conference without feeling like we were being whiny and complainy. (I know “complainy” isn’t a word, but it works. Go with it.) And we could have a good smile and laugh over the things we did like. (Yeah, I’m talking to you, Professor D. Zirker, your name is super super funny!)
So from now on, I’m going to make sure I have friends to go with me to these things. The shared experience clearly makes everything better!!