5 Reasons Ravers Make The World A Better Place

5 Reasons Ravers Make The World A Better Place

There is no I, or you, or me, there is only we, us, and ours.
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We all know at least one friend who attends electric music festivals or a raves. Some of us do not show our inner raver all the time, others show it every day. Regardless of our personalities, ravers have at least one thing in common, the ability to embrace and accept one another in a judgement-free zone for a few days. The people you meet in “Those few days” in my opinion, 95% of the time turn into friendships that last a lifetime. Some people think raves are a waste of money or time, yet ravers cannot wait until day one of ticket sales for their favorite rave. In my opinion, these are 5 reasons ravers are just so awesome.

  • 1.We ARE A FAMILY. There is no I, or you, or me, there is only we, us, and ours. A family of individuals that celebrate their lives, their similarities, and their love for the music create a place that is indescribable. We jump up and around, we wave our hands up and down, we dance and sing until we run out of breath, and we wait until the last minute to use the restroom because we do not want to lose our spot in the crowd. We take pictures of random people because their costume is great, or their dancing is cool, and we take videos of the stage, to create memories that we can relive again and again until 365 days later.
  • 2.We are fun to be around. This is probably the biggest fear of a person considering to go to a rave, but in reality, it is what makes raves so great. I know my first time at a rave I thought, “What if people look at me funny, what if I do not know the songs? What if I do not have fun?” I figured out within minutes of entering the venue that most of the people that go to raves do not know all of the music being played, but they know how to make the best of it by being with people who feel the same way and can appreciate the beat and life of the music, first timers or not. We do not judge, we come from all corners of the world, big or small, we a fun for all.
  • 3.Costumes. They come in all forms, all designs, and all types of creativeness. From flags showing the logo “Insomniac” swaying in the crowd to gloves that light up and strobe. Each raver has their own style of costume, their own style of creativity, and their own style of color. Kandi is exchanged in the signs of Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect towards one another. Kandi is a way of showing that no matter who we are, we are all a family.
  • 4.Friends that rave together, stay together. Have you ever been dragged somewhere by a friend to a place you initially would never go alone? I’m sure all of us have. However, when a friend brings you to a rave, they do it because they want you to experience the life, the love, and the craziness that all of us ravers get to enjoy and be a part of every time we dress up for the rave. You meet people who you would never have even seen in your own town because we come from all over. They become your friends, and by the end of the night, your family and support.
  • 5.The Shuffle. Without doubt, the most common form of dancing in rave life. It is branched off of the “Melbourne Shuffle” club dance that originated in the late 80s in Melbourne, Australia. The rapid heel-toe step that is most commonly associated with electric music, and it should be. Some of us have seen it in the music video for the song “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, but I feel that to get the most meaning out of the dance, you need to see it. Ravers all over the world love to watch and show off their shuffling skills in YouTube videos, Instagram posts, and snapchat stories, as well as all over the internet. It is the feeling you get out of learning to shuffle to dance music that makes it so great.

I am sure there are more than just 5 reasons that make ravers so awesome, the fact we consider each other family even though we may never see each other for a year, or the fact we dress up in funky costumes are just some of the many reasons ravers make the world a better place.

Cover Image Credit: Jason Ringle

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I Was A TFM Girl And The Online Harassment Made Me Regret It

I put myself on display in an online zoo of men (and women) who either wanted to insult me or get with me.
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I was a TFM girl, and this is what I learned.

One bite — everyone knows the rules.

Unless you’re pretty much half naked or shotgunning a beer in a bikini on social media. Then you’ll be getting multiple “bites.” Since you're basically a piece of meat.

If you’ve ever scrolled through the TFM girls Instagram page, you know exactly what I mean when I say it’s basically the digital version of Sports Illustrated except instead of a camera crew you have your best friend’s iPhone photography skills, and instead of Kate Upton, you have a compilation of college girls trying to find that perfect booty angle on the beach in Cabo (or in my case Lake Michigan — but that’s irrelevant and kinda sad).

I was in shock when I made it on the page for the first time. I sent in a few pictures just for kicks because, at the time, being on the page was like some sort of status symbol. Especially since my boyfriend at the time was in a fraternity.

So yeah, it was a huge ego boost.

Everything was fine and dandy in the beginning. Hundreds of followers and likes started piling up on my account. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t enjoying the attention. Like I said — huge ego boost. I made it onto the page two more times.

Then it got weird.

Really weird.

Nobody really talks about the DMs or comments you receive from being featured on the page. Some were rude. Others were just plain disgusting. Here are a few examples:

“She is probably just the token hot friend.”

“Dude, I would totally hit that.”

“Nah man, she’s too muscular.”

“She probably has a butter-face since she’s turned away from the camera.”

“Hey baby, are you looking for a sugar daddy?”

“I’ll give you $2,000 if you send me a pair of worn underwear. Please.”

“Oh the things that I would do to you.”

“Ehh I give her about a six.”

“Eight point five.”

Immediately, my self-worth plummeted to a number on a ranking scale. The messages kept coming. The amount of revulsion I felt kept climbing. The comments got to my head. My confidence was damaged. It was no longer an ego boost. My self-worth and confidence plummeted from online harassment.

I put myself on display in an online zoo of men (and women) who either wanted to insult me or get with me.

Neither was ideal.

The audience that I drew in automatically assumed I was, you know, down for whatever. However, I know that I am so much more than an object. I am so much more than just a girl in a bikini or tiny Halloween costume. I am more than just my body.

It turns out I attend one of the best public universities in the nation. I have made the Dean’s List almost every semester. I have accomplished so much in the past few years both academically and professionally.

And no, I don’t count being on the TFM girls page being one of those accomplishments.

They aren’t the only ones, either. There are hundreds of Instagram pages that feature thousands of girls on a daily basis. So power to you if you are featured. I applaud you, honestly. In their eyes, you have what it takes to be the face of their immense platform.

Just ask yourself: are you ready for what’s next?

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10 Alternatives To Saying The N-Word When You're Singing Along At A Party

If you're white like I am, then this is for you.
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I'll preface this with a quick PSA for my fellow white people: saying the n-word is never acceptable and you should never do it. "I was just singing along" is not a valid excuse, because there really are no valid excuses. It's a word with a hateful and vitriolic past, and it doesn't deserve to have a future of the same.

If you listen to rap music, you will hear the word thrown around fairly often. When you're at a party, you'll hear a song you love and naturally start singing it--here are some alternatives to saying the n-word when it comes up in the lyrics.

1. Check the time

With the brief respite you have, why not take a quick glance at your watch? It's easy to lose track of time at social functions. Never lose track of time again by checking your watch, a fantastic alternative to hate speech.

2. Breathe


When you're rapping along, it's easy to lose your breath. This makes the pause you take for the n-word the perfect time to take a nice, deep inhale. Never feel lightheaded again, and avoid a racial slur! It's a win-win!

3. Check your phone


Ok, admittedly, you don't have much time. But if your phone background is something pleasing to you, like a significant other, a nice view, or a h*cking good doggo, take a quick glance and start singing again!

4. Plan your next dance move


When you're throwing down, sometimes you run out of moves. However, since you have a second or two now, think about what you're going to do next. Remember, prior proper planning prevents poor performance!

5. Look around


It's always good to be aware of your surroundings, wherever you are. Look around, see the sights, and enjoy the scenery. Just don't say the n-word while you do it!

6. Drink some water


Partying is exhausting. Hydrate! You'll feel energized, refreshed, and completely innocent because you'll know you didn't say it!

7. Do a math problem


It's always good to keep up with your studies! Do a quick practice problem in your head while you wait, and maybe you'll ace your next test! At the very least you'll avoid being racist, so surely it can't hurt!

8. Do a push-up


Let's hope you hit the protein powder before you went out because this next one is for the gym rats. If you have room, drop and do a pushup! Depending on the song, you could end up with the perfect beach bod by the time the song's over. Making gains and not slurring? Not a bad combination!

9. Do your taxes


This is a rather boring option, but hey, being financially responsible is a heck of a lot better than being racist! And it's never too early to start on next year's taxes!

10. DO LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE

As long as it's legal, and not a slur of any other group, it's a great alternative! Whether you're replacing it with an innocent word, saying nothing at all, starting a conversation, using the restroom, or doing pretty much anything else, you should be just fine.

To conclude, there's an endless amount of things you can say or do instead of saying the n-word when you're singing along. The bottom-line is that as long as you don't say it, you'll be fine! The n-word is far too prevalent among us white people and this prevalence needs to end immediately. With these tips, hopefully we can bring an end to the word's popularity in the white community.


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