#ThankfulThursday – Experience

Today, I am thankful for experience.

Last night, I went to a concert with a friend of mine. I went to a few concerts this past summer, but this one was unlike those in that it was all general admission, no seats, and a packed crowd. Malaika and I were so close to the stage, and that was an amazing experience, but the energy of the crowd so so drunk that it was almost hard to enjoy. People were taking photos and videos through the whole concert, and I spent a lot of my time in total confusion as to how you could pay money to be somewhere you want to be but spend the time completely through the lens of your phone’s camera.

Let’s take this back in time for a second. Josh took me to a Puscifer concert a couple of years ago, and the band had requested that cell phone use be banned during the show. Literally, the security guards were watching for cell phones being used and taking them away. I was outraged. Today, however, I’m mortified by the memory of how mad I was at this. Honestly, I still believe we should have the choice. I’m all for snapping a few pictures and getting back into the music, but that STILL takes out of the present moment.

So I used last night as a reminder of this. I did take a few pictures to remember the moment, and I also took one video of the chorus of a song I adore. The rest of the time? I was singing, dancing, and living in the shared experience of a crowd listening to live music by some very talented musicians. Until less-than-sober girls got pushy and started chatting with their friends during the performance of the man they had come to see–yet another thing I don’t understand. Am I just too old for that kind of thing? Probably. The bass was a killer. ;o)

All in all, the experience was one I won’t forget. It was a lesson to remember to live in the moment, be present, and enjoy what’s in front of you. Experience gives you perspective. allows you to grow, and becomes a part of you. Experience is LIFE. So live it! Don’t spend it behind your phone. Get out there and EXPERIENCE things. <3

Hugs and love to you.