WANT TO COME OVER THIS WEEKEND? I’M THROWING OUT THE TRASH.
I think people crave to be a part of something important. If you invite a group of people over on a Friday night "just because", they’ll feel the dread of obligation. They’ll wish they were somewhere else. They’ll come late and leave early. People just want a clear purpose. It can be totally ridiculous, yet humans will get behind it. I wanted to test this theory so I threw a party for the strangest reason I could think of. Taking out my kitchen’s trash.
I didn’t make this a Facebook event or else this would become another gathering that you wish you weren’t invited to. Instead I made fancy invites. Practically everyone invited RSVP’ed and said that they were coming. Some of my friends even went out of the way to call me on the phone and tell me how excited they were for this event. This turnout never would have happened if I had digitally invited them.
This was a really fun party. And when it was time to take out the trash, my friends were thrilled. To add drama, I created a soundtrack that involved a step by step tutorial to guide me. I also wanted to give this trashy journey a story arc. Which meant that I added some conflict (in the form of the trash bag falling apart in a dramatic fashion) and resolution (in the form of my friends helping me pick up and finish throwing away the trash).
I wasn’t kidding when I said my friends were pumped when I took out the trash.
Tragedy strikes. My bag falls apart and a simple chore is suddenly in jeopardy.
Through the power of friendship, I took out the trash in the face of conflict.
I did not plan this. But I’m very glad my friends circled around a trash can on a Saturday night and sang "That's What Friends Are For" at the top of their lungs.