Open bars at events are an interesting thing, and when you are in the middle of them, it is easy to categorize the attendees into two categories: the partyers and the non-partyers.
Let’s start with the partyers. This group just can’t enough of the free alcohol, and it’s like watching a group of hungry sharks in a feeding tank. I love these people, because they like to have a good time, but they are usually young and don’t realize while they are in the middle of it, their open bar partying days will not last forever.
The non-partyer group consists of a large variety of people: nerds, parents, designated drivers, and people who just don’t like to drink. This is usually an older crowd who have too many responsibilities in life to be able to drink more than a glass or two of alcoholic beverages.
I am a reformed partyer. There were the days when I’d be one of those hungry sharks, but something happens as you get older and have children. You must attend to them at any moment, and life, you learn, can be quite unpredictable. You never know when you will need to get behind the wheel of a car, and therefore, those partying days really do need to come to an end. It is a forced maturity.
There is a part of me that is a little envious of my open bar modern-day “American Pie” Stifflers, but I wouldn’t trade in my lovely life for anything. My kids are worth every moment of my non-partying days, and I so much would rather spend an evening cuddling with them than waking up to an awful hangover.
So….enjoy it now, young friends, and know that life’s responsibilities will change you one day. As an ode to 20-something partying, my song of the day is “Everybody Must Get Stoned” by Bob Dylan. (Here’s the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoSb8H5C1F0) It is perfect for this thought, and it’s a really cool song to boot. Party on, friends. (For now.)