Reasons To Attend EDC: Las Vegas

Reasons To Attend EDC: Las Vegas

The electric sky is waiting.
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I attended EDC Las Vegas for the first time in the summer of 2014. And it was an experience I will never forget.

EDC stands for Electric Daisy Carnival. It is an EDM (electric dance music) festival for ages 18 and over that is held for three days from sunset to sunrise. People from all around the world come to visit Vegas for this experience. There are various stages around the motorway where you can see different artists. There are little art carts around that also have smaller artists playing. In different spots of the motorway, there are scattered carnival rides. People are dancing everywhere, just enjoying themselves and having a good time with people around them.

EDC has to be experienced in order to know what it feels like to be there and what exactly happens there. It is not an experience that can be explained through words.

I highly encourage those who haven’t been to EDC to try to go once in their lives. It’s a place like no other. The positive vibes and people who circle in that one environment made me think of how you should be happy about life and want to spread positivity wherever I go.

Twenty-three-year-old Joss Alfonso has attended EDC two times and already with plans to go again next year.

"EDC is a place of no judgment. It's where I can go once a year for three days to escape reality for just a bit, and I am able to just get lost in the music. The PLUR (peace, love, unity, respect) is so alive out there and is in a much bigger spectrum than a small concert. You can just be you at EDC. It's an adventure to be accomplished whether alone or with friends," he says.

Patricia Eustaquio is 20 years old and has attended EDC two times. She had not planned to go back for different reasons, but she realized that it was an event she has to attend again.

"The experience is what everyone tells people should be their reason to go to EDC, and they're right. It's something that has to be experienced in order to be talked about. The music is appreciated by people there, and you get so immersed in it. Living the moment with friends makes the experience that much better."

Cecy Cervantes is 19 years old. She got to experience EDC for the first time this past summer (2015), and it was an experience like no other.

"EDC is a great excuse to visit friends and to be down in Vegas with your friends. It gives you a chance to be creative and create costumes and outfits to your own liking. There are so many great EDM DJs in one place. You get to meet people from all around the world. You're surrounded by over 100,000 people who are just there to enjoy themselves. EDC is just an amazing experience as a whole," says Cecy.

Ruben Ramos is a 21-year-old and has attended EDC twice so far.

"The first four steps before and the last four steps after the festival always make you want to relive every moment. Going to EDC, I have met new friends. My bonds with current friends grew with the mutual enjoyment of the music, and I'm sure that's what happened with everyone else. When you're at EDC, you get to see the decorations and themed stages Insomniac puts together. It's amazing to just look at, making it worth every penny. The memories you make are unforgettable. Whether it's with the person you love or with the people you went with or even the people you meet when going solo."

Whether a person has attended EDC once or is an experienced concert goer, there is always excitement to be reunited under the electric sky.

Cover Image Credit: Melissa Ung

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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