Sunday, January 29, 2017, a day that almost every country music fan in South Florida had been looking forward to for months! Even people from West Florida or Central FLorida drove to my home town for one of the biggest events/concerts of the year; The Chili Cook-Off presented by Kiss 99.9. This year though, not everything cooperated as planned or hoped it would.
Here in South FLorida, we are known for our sunshine and heat year round. What a lot of people out of state may not know is that we are also known for our random bipolar weather. It can be storming on one side of town and sunny on the other! Well, Sunday, January 29, 2017, a day that was hoped to be “Sunny and 75”, quoting one of the stars from the lineup this year, Joe Nichols, turned out to be a cold and rainy day. The temperature was in the 50’s and the rain was non-stop all throughout the cities making it feel even colder than it actually was.
What some may say should’ve been an upset for one of the biggest concerts of the year, turned out to be a huge success! Yes, of course it would’ve been more enjoyable if the weather had been in our favor, but it was such a breath of fresh air to see that even some rain and cold couldn’t turn away true country music fans from what they had been waiting for! The crowd was incredible!
My experience of this event was enjoyable as I was with my boyfriend and best friend. We sat and enjoyed the music, and finally got up and danced in the huge crowd, despite what mother nature had in store. I have to say, I might have been cold and miserable at first, but at the end of the day, I realized that I was in great company and we didn’t let anything stop us from having a good time! It was a day that I definitely will never forget.
This is what life is all about; life is going to throw you curveballs that you don’t expect. As the famous quote states “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!” No matter what you might be doing or what is occurring in your life, always try and look at it in a different light. Going out with friends and having a good time is so important at our age as it’s a time to find out who your true friends are and just enjoy being young!
Concerts are a great atmosphere to do this in as you can sing, dance and be silly all while being yourself and being with those who mean the most to you. Find a band or genre of music you like and go to a concert for a change! I promise, no matter what the weather, it will be worth it. This was so true at the 32nd Annual Chili Cook-Off and I am sure glad I didn’t miss out or let the weather ruin my day. My friends and I, and all who were there, brushed it off, enjoyed ourselves, and said “It was just one of those days!!!”