Thursday, 17 March 2022

“All problems are illusions of the mind.” Eckhart Tolle

I'm not sure I fully agree with the title quote but for this post it's apt. I really let my insecurities run wild here. I even went so far as to get the wording of the legality if they refused me entry (while 100% sober). I know. How old am I??

Well, that's the big problem. I am old but mentally I'm still that teenager who felt they never quite fitted in. 

Dealing with the two points individually:

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30. Get into a nightclub with 'a strict dress code'.

I just wore a black dress and red jewellery (which I normally wouldn't have bothered with at a festival or gig) and my disco kicks, hoping that the sequins made them dress shoes not sneakers. When I arrived, I looked at the men in the queue and realised there was no problem at all. Most of the women were in heels but a few had 'appropriate' footwear to jump in, so I relaxed. I was indeed allowed in with no issue. 

31. Go to a gig that starts after midnight.

I had dinner with the family and watched a movie and then my husband dropped me off. I wasn't drinking but I didn't like the idea of being in the carpark by myself in the wee small hours. I was tired. Fortunately, Sam Feldt came on first and his set finished at 1am. While it was not ideal timing for me, it was easy and doable. And didn't interrupt 'family time' so even good, in a way.

As for the whole vibe, I took one look at the crowd and put my mask on. For once people didn't make comment on my age but they did make comment on my mask. One guy even yelled at me "Why would you wear a mask??" Then came back to yell it at me again, weirdly hostile - or just an entitled male dickhead, who knows?. Why would you care? On the plus, I'm guessing I look younger in my mask than I do normally. Ha!

The whole entry experience was longer than expected, I turned up at 11 not understanding there were three lines I had to shuffle through even with a ticket. It was weird and took an hour. So had I arrived later I would have missed the whole thing. The crowd was terrible. They didn't seem interested in dancing but jammed on the dancefloor and took photos of themselves all squashed in there. It was very hard to really dance because you couldn't move much and I seemed to be constantly pushed about letting people in and out fo the crowd. When Sam Feldt yelled jump, usually the whole crowd does in unison. This time, I almost headbutted the guy in front of me because I was expecting the crowd to lurch up and it didn't.

I couldn't deal with it anymore so sadly missed Joel Corry - I left when he came on. Had he come on at 1am or 2am, I'm not sure I would have maybe a midnight start is my latest! Long time readers might remember I was once shamed by theatre-going friends when I assumed their age meant the late show start time was too I've at least rewired that thinking for a bit since then.

So while Sam Feldt was fine, the crowd was terrible and so was the overall energy. Glad I went, even more glad I didn't get COVID and made it to Hobart unhindered. I also didn't get nits, which was my other concern, and I think is the most 'mum' statement I've ever made.

Torshlusspanik List:

1. Shooting (check)
2. Fencing (check)
3. Play croquet at Croquet Club
4. Laser skeet
5. Off road buggy driving
6. Play Assassins Creed
7. Jetpacking (check)
8. The Color Run (check)
9. Invent something
10. Cooking Masterclass (check)
11. Master a Masterclass (check)
12. Perform a rap song (check)
13. Trampoline adventure (check)
14. BMX Riding (check)
15. Do a cart wheel (check)
16. Ride an Electric Bike (check)
17. Astonish Myself
18. Write a book.
19. Participate in a distance event (check)
20. Climb Sydney Tower (check)
21. Dance in a dance class (check)
22. Trust a stranger
23. Get a truck for the Landmine Museum and Relief Centre in Siem Reap
24. Paint a picture
25. Go Rollerskating (check)
26. Do Chinese Square Dancing
27. Do some life drawing
28. Make something on a pottery wheel (check)
29. Try Axe Throwing (Check)
30. Get into a nightclub with 'a strict dress code'. (check)
31. Go to a gig that starts after midnight. (check)

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  1. ...your mind controls who you are!

  2. Good for you for giving it a go! Personally, I was never a super late night person even as a young person.

  3. Imagine what you could do with shoes that dazzling!

  4. I must agree with MMT's comment.

  5. Lydia! I applaud you for giving this a go. Loving your sparkly shoes - which look perfect for the strict dress code. I'm a flats girl all the way for events like this. Comfort always wins. Thank you for sharing your adventures over on the #DreamTeam x

  6. Blimey I haven't been to a club in about 15 years! Not sure I can stay up past midnight let alone be out! Fab shoes. Thanks for linking up with #DreamTeam