As a current and future teacher in art, I like to share all of my learning experiences; whether it be something in the creative relm or even about people. This past weekend I learned so much about myself, about life and about people. It sounds silly because I learned all of this at Firefly Music Festival. Yes, it was a collection of ridiculously fun and crazy musical performances, but it ended up being so much more. Day and night, whether it be 10pm or 2am there was music surrounding me. People made friends with those they pitched a tent next to. If you started dancing in the crown during a performance, people would come up and join you. This experience allowed me to feel so free. If you follow this blog, you know that I am constantly in search of what is inspiring to me, as well as making it my life long goal to be surrounded by as much creativity as humanly possible. This weeked gave that to me.
So being that this was my first ever music festival, I was unsure of what I was getting myself into; but let me tell you, it was the most fun I have ever had. Where ever you find yourself in the festival you will hop upon someone ready to give you a high five, someone holding a “free hugs” sign or people that just want to get to know other people. I am not one to be insanely outgoing or try to make friends every where I go but I think this experience changed that about me. I have made friends that I hope to keep for a lifetime, and got lost in unbelievable music with people that shared a common interest. In the grand scheme of things, it was completely beautiful to be a part of. Now, waking up in an actual house and sleeping in a bed, I sincerely miss the constant flow of music and beautiful energy given off by people who have restored my faith in humanity. I miss walking barefoot through the mud and having to hold up a tent through a thunderstorm. All of which was done surrounded by new friends and incredible music.
As creative people I feel like we really need these experiences to allow us to let go. To realize it’s ok to get a little dirty or to take down some walls you may have built. Just taking in this experience has truly allowed me to open up. It was magical to walk through illuminated tress, music booming in the background. Running, holding hands with your friends to make it to the one artist you wanted to see the most. Crying in the crowd because of how beautiful and touching a peformance was (fyi, for me that was Hozier. I cried like a baby). We need to be open to adventure and music and art, all in one. Let yourself be free, it may just change your life.
Well, this has been my Firefly experience. I hope you enjoyed it and that it inspires you to let go. Until next time!