Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Paddy’s day was a bit of a learning curve for me this year. I had been torn between having a quiet one and working on my ‘new life’ plans and going out and trying to enjoy the day. In the end I did both, and although it didn’t go entirely to plan I am happy I did it. In the end I remembered I can work on my new life plans as much as I want, but your life doesn’t start until you get out there and actually start living it.
My first attempt at experiencing Paddy’s day was a bust. I went to my local pub by myself about 1pm and sat down at the bar and ordered a drink. From experience this has always been a great way to meet new people and I thought a great way for me to potentially make some new friends. Apparently 1pm on Paddy’s day is not the case. I found the people not unfriendly but unwilling to engage in conversation and not interested in meeting someone new. Which is fair play. It is early in the day, most people have just come from a Paddy’s day parade, and it is a day for people to enjoy with their family and friends. In hindsight I probably should have waited until about 3/4pm before heading into a pub by that stage everyone has got the big conversations out of the way and are a bit more relaxed and ready for meeting new people.
My second attempt at the Paddy’s day pub scene was much more successful. Going out with some old friends about 7pm the night was a lot more fun; and I still meet new people outside of my friends group who I will meet up with again. I meet these new people all in the same way, while standing at the bar waiting for a drink (it doesn’t always need to be alcoholic, by the end of the night all my drinks were water), so even though my first attempt didn’t do to plan at least I know my method still works!
In the end it was a pretty good Paddy’s Day, and I think the hangover the next day was proof of that!