I don't wanna be that music festival guy. But I'm gonna be.
Last weekend, Memorial Day 2017, will go down as one of the best birthdays ever. I went with 5 great friends (one being my wonderful girlfriend - see last post) to my favorite music festival, Lightning in a Bottle. It's billed as a "transformative" festival - come and learn a lot about yourself, do yoga, gaze at ultimately pointless (bur pretty) crystals, and dance your face off. This year totally lived up to the billing - the music was phenomenal, the vibes were extremely strong and 99% positive (except that dick who totally ignored me while I was telling him we needed room for 2 more tents, and told his friends that they had all our space), and although my body is tired I feel like I could've danced for another three days.
One of the cooler moments of the festival for me came from some guy named Sean - we were at the lake on Saturday and he came swimming up with a little paddle that had a shark face on one side and "Spank Week" on the other. We talked for a bit when he came out of the water and I was getting in, and he encouraged me to pass on the message to clean up any litter around the lake (I did!) and asked if I wanted to participate in his "Truth or Dare" bag (I did!).
"What is that," I asked, a little hesitant that I might have to chug a beer or do some mystery drug from his pocket.
The Truth or Dare bag sounded a lot more ominous at first - when he brought it over, it was a Crown Royal bag with a bunch of polaroids of people dancing, posing, having fun at the festival. On the back of each polaroid was a word (or maybe phrase - I only saw a couple) that you were supposed to find meaning in. Mine was "Shift" - Sean asked me to do whatever "shift" meant to me in that moment. I did a little dance, moving from side to side while Sean copied my motions, and we had a good laugh, then he told me to think about it for the rest of the weekend - just to keep the notion of "shift" in my mind.
It was a small interaction, but I did think about it for the rest of the weekend, contemplating different ways of shifting - there was the movement I did on the beach with Sean, but then I thought about shifting my perspective on different things. Reevaluating how I treat people, strangers, myself, those who I consider different - it was fun to play around with and I was tremendously grateful for that opportunity. Definitely something that I'll be bringing myself next year :)
much love always,