Quitting The Party Life | By Harrison

November

Turn the clocks back just 2-3 years & you’re pretty much guaranteed to find me on a Saturday night, throwing some serious shapes on the dance floor of a pretty packed nightclub. Look to the present day and you’re 100% guaranteed to find me curled up on the sofa watching Netflix. Yes, I’ve turned into a 50 year old man.

But why? Why did I quit the party life? Well, let me tell you.

So back in the day when I was a regular on the clubbing scene & spending my whole weekend focusing on a night out. Saturday would be about buying the new outfit, getting the pre drinks and planning our night. The evening would see us head into town, spend a small fortune getting pretty ‘merry’ and then drop some serious dollar on a kebab or KFC. Sunday would see me recovering.

Wrongly and quite frankly, I haven’t even got a clue as to how I did it, Sunday would also see me navigating my way through a shift at the shoe shop. Luckily (or unluckily) for me, I worked next to a McDonalds. So lunch time on those hungover Sunday’s would be 20 chicken nuggets & a banana milkshake. Urgghhhh, I remember it so clearly.

November-2

So why stop? It sounds so great, right? Well, first and foremost, it was bloody expensive! A new outfit near enough each week followed by £60+ being spent each night… it just wasn’t feasible. Not only that, but then suffering from a hangover got pretty tiring & to me it seemed a waste of a weekend.

Not only that but as I’ve mentioned many times before, Bournemouth is a very small town and everyone know’s everyone’s business. Especially in the gay circle, it’s even worse and verging on incestuous. For me, too many people began to know my business and I needed a break.

I promise you this. I’ve never looked back. I’m not now against drinking, don’t me wrong I love a glass of wine here and there. But that binge drinking atmosphere of downing the £1 drinks before midnight and doing a line of shots at the bar, just isn’t for me. It’s definitely a sign of growing up and life changes. Priorities change and people change. Now, if I was to go down town, I wouldn’t even know what to do. My friend keeps trying to get me back out there… but Netflix!

It’s funny how so much changes in such a short period of time & how lives change so drastically. 2 years ago, I never would’ve imagined me to be writing this blog post. Back then, it was my life!

What’s a change you’ve experienced recently? Do you still love the party life? Let me know in the comments!

| Harrison |

 

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