One of my favorite parties this year was one I attended this summer. It had everything going for it! The weather was beautifully warm but not too hot. A storm had just finished, and the brief snatches of rain that happened during the party transformed us all into a laughing team of potato chip protectors. There was plenty of space, and so there were always several places to be, which I love in a party. A few people I’m close to were there, so I always felt I had somewhere to be (important when you’re an introvert!) and there were also many people I adore and don’t see enough of. And a little kid I love kept running up to me to jump into my arms and tell me something very! exciting! and then dash off again. I felt like I belonged at the party in general, and made a lot of lovely connections with people I know well and ones I’d like to know better.
For me, parties aren’t always ideal circumstances: I’m often overwhelmed by them, or miss out on deeper connections by the temptation to flit between conversations. But when they go well, they provide me with a sense of belonging and broad connectedness like no other, and make me feel like the kind of sparkling conversationalist and attractive guest I sometimes wish I were!
What does this for you — an activity or kind of encounter that can be hard, but is fantastic when it goes right? What do you do to help it go right?