I have a love/hate relationship with entertaining

I love entertaining, almost as much as I hate it.

First off, it’s important to establish that when I say ‘Entertain‘, I mean organising events and gatherings for people rather than performing.

When you entertain people, you have the fun of planning it. 

I know that some people hate the early stages of entertaining guests, the planning period, but I love it! I think we can all agree that it can definitely be stressful, and sometimes overwhelming, but I enjoy figuring out who to invite, when it should be and what things we need to buy, I especially love any planning to do with food!

With entertaining people, comes a unique sense of pride.

I’m not sure if this one’s just me, but have you ever organised something and seen all your friends having a good time, laughing and chatting away, and you immediately get a rush of pride? It’s a great feeling to have organised something that is able to bring other people happiness, especially if you’ve put a lot of thought into it. It’s a great bonus when people take the time to thank-you after, for organising the event. It makes any of the stress and panic put into organising the event worth it!

However, as with most things, there is definitely a rough side to entertaining people.

The pressure is unreal!

If you’re anything like me, there’ll be a lot of pressure in making sure that everyone loves this event. Which can sometimes be hard, especially when your friends have varying interests, preferences and definitions of fun. You also won’t be able to help taking it personally if you see someone isn’t having a great time, even if it has nothing to do with the actual event. When you offer to entertain people, you’re definitely putting yourself out there, there’s a certain vulnerability to it.

It can be a nightmare fitting around everyone’s schedules.

I have a group of about 8 close friends, and let me tell you, I’ve taken exams more simple than trying to organise a time when we’re all free. Everyone but one person is free on Tuesday afternoon? What a shame. Everyone is free Thursday night? Too bad that this one person starts work at 6am the next morning. Oh sorry! I’m actually going away until next weekend, can we push it back? It’s a goddamn headache, and sometimes can push plans back for weeks. But I do admit that when you finally find a time when everyone is free.. PURE SATISFACTION!

All in all, entertaining people can be both a great time, and a terrible one. What’s important to remember is that it’s okay if it’s not perfect every time and to just have fun!

via Daily Prompt: Entertain


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