May means good weather and great opportunities to get out of the house and do something. A lot of people travel this time of year and a lot of festivals and concerts kick off across the nation. While most people really enjoy getting away from it all, some people have a harder time with spring crowds than others. Would you rather spend the day at an amusement park or on a deserted stretch of beach? Would you prefer to mosh around with die-hard fans, or enjoy live music from a reserved seat? Just because your other half is outgoing doesn’t mean they’re a fan of crowds; take it from this couple.
She Said: You may or may not find this strange, but while I am very extroverted and actually gain energy from being around friends and family members, I have a little problem with gigantic crowds. I’m chatty as all get out. I don’t mind talking to strangers. I love dinner parties and nights on the town with friends, but when it’s time to hit Six Flags or a concert arena, I get a little nervous. I’m from Florida, so my entire, exuberant family takes a day every year to visit a Disney or Universal theme park. I always have fun, but I’m always ready to leave a little before everyone else. I hate long lines for food and access to a bathroom. The parking situation stresses me out. I don’t like feeling as if I’m part of a herd shuffling along to a predetermined destination. It’s claustrophobic and uncomfortable. I’d rather enjoy a day at a real park (you know, the kind with green space and room to breathe?) than a theme park. Crowds crowd me out; that’s just the way it is.
He Said: My wife and I are hilariously flip-flopped in this category. I am an absolute introvert. I like unstructured down time and people wear down my batteries. I usually have to take some time after work by myself to recharge before I can even function properly. That being said, I love concerts, big city bustle, state fairs and the like more than anyone. My love of music made me a true concert junkie in my teens. Here I am into my 30s and I have no problem standing, fist-pumping and yelling all the way through a raucous, three hour concert. I took poor Courtney to a blaringly loud Dinosaur Jr. concert right before we got engaged. The club was so packed with insane rock fans that she had to take a shot of Goldschlager to calm down enough to enjoy the show. I don’t know what is it about large, celebratory groups of people, but nothing inside of me wants to shy away from that type of crowd. Soundgarden is on tour? Tickets are already bought. Disney World is opening an hour early this June? I’m in. No crowd complaints here!
Because no one is a party line introvert or extrovert, it’s important to investigate issues like crowd tolerance before jumping to any conclusions about your other half. Trust me; nobody with space issues wants to hit Times Square for New Year’s Eve. Just like nobody who loves a circus wants to be stuck babysitting Claustrophobic Curtis until midnight.