As you may know if you follow me on twitter or instagram, this weekend I travelled to Oxford, Mississippi for the LSU vs. Ole Miss game! Now before I talk about my weekend, let me just tell you, I have anxiety about doing new things, to the point that I will stress myself so much over something before it even happens, that I will convince myself not to do it. I had been planning on going to the game since summer, and early last week my anxiety took over and I had decided not to go. I was worried about SUCH stupid things like: What will I wear? What if I get lost and stranded in a place where I know only 1 person? What if I go out and an accident/something bad happens? What if the weather is bad and I have no fun? What if, what if, what if..? I never even thought "What if you have fun and everything works out okay, Sarah?" Long story short, on Thursday night at about 11, I had a semi-revelation. I thought about how stupid it was that I was stressing over things that hadn't happened yet, most of them being small or trivial things. I mean, cute pictures? Really, Sarah?? I told myself that if I didn't stop being such a worry-wart, I would grow old wishing I had been more of a "jump in head first" sort of person (something I worry about on a daily basis already, #weirdo), so I texted my friends in the middle of the night that I was going (and of course got no sleep because I was mentally packing and planning in my head, seriously) and that was that! We left school the next day at noon! So now that that's out of the way, I can tell you all about my trip! Kicking it off with a silly snap chat!
On the way there, we stopped in a small town to visit my friend's grandparents. I absolutely love small southern towns, and this one was just precious. I took a picture of this old church because it was just a picture perfect day, and one of my favorite parts of small towns are the churches and main streets. Great photog skillz, I know.
When I got there Friday night, I hung out with my friend LB (who I stayed with) and we had pizza and just lounged around until we decided to go out! I don't generally like taking/posting pictures from bars, so this is what you get! My newest furry friend, Samson!
The next morning we took our time getting up and ready and got to The Grove(where they tailgate) at about 2:30. It was absolutely insane. We tailgate here at LSU, but we are more spread out and I generally spend my time around the fraternity tailgates, so I don't really see the family, business tailgates. At Ole Miss, everyone is in one area and it was a bit overwhelming.
I tried to take a picture so you could get the full effect, but this doesn't even capture it. There are 100s of tents all back to back for as far as you can see. I really liked it once I got used to it, very cool.
For those of you not familiar with tailgating, you generally set up a tent and hang out, eat, and drink before the game. In the South, we take our tailgating just as seriously as our football. These people had little chandeliers, full out dining tables with candles and place settings, catered food, and satellites with multiple TVs for pregame and game coverage. It. Was. Awesome. Here are two of my favorite, albeit smaller, tailgates that I saw.
After tailgating for a while, I took a little walking tour of the middle of campus and really loved it! There is so much history at Ole Miss and I love love loved the historical facts and old buildings. The Lyceum is where James Meredith, the first African American admitted to Ole Miss registered. There was also a night long riot and other things that took place there when he registered. It's pretty interesting history! The other brick building in the picture is the oldest building on campus and it used to be a chapel (told you I love old churches)! There are even buildings there from the Civil War, and if you like history, you'd enjoy googling it! It was so much fun!
Last but not least, the game! Right before the game started, a guy gave me a ticket (fo free!) and I got really good seats on the end zone! Even though we lost (which was a huge upset, in popular opinion) it was such a fun game! Very cold, but I enjoyed yelling at all the players (arrgh), being up close to the field and getting to see everything, and do all of our cheers and chants!
On Sunday, I just woke up late and drove home to Baton Rouge! In the end, I'm glad I went. Everything didn't all go perfectly, and I didn't like the pictures I took (ugh), but I had fun, and got to spend time with my friends while seeing some pretty cool things, and isn't that what it's all about? If the picture is cute, but I'm not really having fun and enjoying it, what's the point? So to sum it all up, in the future, I am going to try to worry less, and live more. And by live, I mean live life and enjoy it, not just for the insta pics, because no one's life is as picture perfect as they make it look online...I can vouch for that.
Do you get anxious and stressed like I do? How do you handle that and enjoy things without worrying so much? Tips would be great!
All my love,
P.S. - Just found this video that goes with the theme. Enjoy the flashback!