How My First Festival Changed My Life

How My First Festival Changed My Life


On August 6, 2016 I finally found myself; I had a rebirth, and I changed my whole outlook on life. It took almost twenty-three years but I finally found my place where I fit in. I went to my first EDM festival it was the best experience of my life. At first I was nervous and skeptical, but in the end it was everything I needed. Moonrise will forever be where I became who I wanted to be.

I want to start off by explaining the biggest part of festivals and raves. PLUR this stands for peace, love, unity, and respect. When you exchange bracelets, which are called 'kandi', you have to put your hands together in a peace sign, heart, together, and then lock them saying peace, love, unity, and respect. Once you do that with the other person you exchange the kandi. Most of the time the rave family you exchanged with tells you a story behind the bracelet give to you. I experienced this with my friend and she gave me one that was very special to her. Once I knew the back story I became emotional; and I knew then and there that I became part of the rave family. When you go to these concerts everyone is different, but being different is not bad. We accept everyone for their differences; as a matter of fact those differences are what make you beautiful.

Not only do people go to these festivals for the music, they go because of the connections with people and the amazing experiences. Many people do not understand this music, they think it is just noise or there is no actual talent behind it, but that is not true. If you truly listen to the music you will hear the DJ’s trying to send a message out. Usually the message is relevant to the fact of what is going on in any one’s life. But not only is the music beautiful, the sets that they perform are beyond amazing. The lights and the connections they make with the crowd is beautiful. I will never forget when I saw Tiesto’s set, he performed Yellow. For some reason the lights and the connection he made with the crowd made me think about my past, and everything I was ever worried about just left my being. I felt like I was reborn, I felt as though I did mean something in this world.

I want to encourage all of you to go experience a festival at least once in your life. I want you all to go because I had a stereotype in my head but once I went that stereotype was broken. I have tried to explain to many people that this is modern day Woodstock; we all just want peace and love in the world. You will never hear in the news that someone did a terrorist attack or shot up an EDM festival because we strongly encourage love. We accept everyone no matter what. I was very insecure with myself, I was in a dark spot, and I was depressed before I went to Moonrise.

After Moonrise I have been radiating confidence and happiness. My outlook on life is completely different, I do not judge as much anymore. I do not deal with all the pointless drama I used to consume myself in. I look at life as a gift and I look at my life with purpose. I want to change the world and make a difference, but in a peaceful manner. So I encourage each and every one of you to experience this amazing life and family. PLUR!

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.

Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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The Neutrality Of Scouts BSA

Prospectively the changes will help young men and women of our nation, and that is something we can all stand behind.

The Boys Scouts have been in operation since 1912 and has influenced many great men. Boy Scouts of America recently modified the scope of the program, with proposed changes taking effect January 2019. These changes will allow girls to join and changes the name from Boy Scouts to “Scouts.”

These changes look like uniting efforts, but, having spent several years in the Boy Scouts, these changes may not implement as well as planned. Having co-ed activities is important for development in young people but in this environment may not be helpful.

The purpose of Scouting was to teach the important lessons that boys needed to be morally astute, hence they are currently lacking in said knowledge. If the sole cognitive capacitor among boys was actually their brain, then girls wouldn’t be as much of a distraction, but girls are a distraction for most boys.

Boy Scouts is not just a method to learn survival skills but a means for boys to become men of character, demonstrating chivalry, fraternity, and morality. Having an exclusive program allowed more room for young men to focus their energies on learning these valuable lessons, without any distractions. Allowing women to become scouts is not a disrepute, but was rather unnecessary.

Women have been allowed to join scouts as a “Venturer” in Venture Crews. Venturing was started as a coed opportunity for women to participate in high-adventure scouting activities. From survival skills to methods of integrity, scouting activities are great teachers of life-lessons.

While changing the scope of Boy Scouts is unconventional, the culture and context in which we live are very different from that of the time when scouting was started in 1910. It is certainly hard to say if the changes will be beneficial but there are as many young women as there are young men, who desire to learn the leadership and survival skills that the Boy Scouts are well-known for.

From my time in the BSA program, while I had specific goals, many of the other boys were simply there for “social club.” This wasn’t a bad thing. Social club or not this did help keep those young men out of trouble. While scouting isn’t a surefire troubled youth prevention tactic, the foundation of the organization is such.

Perhaps after this change we will see a spike in troubled young men across our already challenged country. Then again, we may see a drop in troubled young women. Our country has the difficult task of working with very diverse youth and having programs that are open to both men and women is helpful. I don’t know the outcome of these changes but prospectively they will help turn youth of our nation into the leaders of tomorrow, and that is something we can all stand behind.

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