Save the Night

What to Do When Things Don't Go Your Way



I stumbled upon a Backstreet Boys concert while searching for things to do. I wanted to go for two reasons: one, it would be a fantastic way to relive my childhood and reminisce all the wonderful memories of my youth, and two, I have never been to the Hollywood Bowl despite having lived in Los Angeles for a decade and a half.


On the day of the concert, I made sure to finish work early and get a nap in to prepare for what was sure to be a long and fun night. I thought about what I would wear and could picture my friend and I laughing and dancing to songs Gen Z probably had not even heard.


I have been to countless concerts, shows, and events before, and although I had anticipated heavy traffic, I had always made it on time. After an hour at the exit and another two hours looking for a parking spot, I missed the concert. Three hours later, I decided to head home. But I refused to be defeated! I had to turn it around! I had to end the night laughing and victorious! So, I got a burger, fries, and a shake and talked to a dear friend at an In-N-Out parking lot. She laughed as I told her what had happened, and another 45 minutes later, missing the concert was a thing of the past.


How you handle disappointments and unforeseen events tests your character. Emotion regulation is the ultimate challenge. You can cry, scream, yell, or roll with the punches and turn unfavorable circumstances into wins. Attempting to fix the unfixable is unconsciously choosing misery and suffering. Get yourself junk food and have a party!