October 10, 2015
so clearly i haven't been continuing with this very consistently after coming back from europe... but i'm realizing some of my forgotten interests and the things that helped give me peace during hard times. also school and life happened lol. so here i am again ~
i wanna document moments in my life more and express my thoughts more freely and deeply. and i think i can do that best through here.
so, the next biggest/coolest thing i did after europe was this! RiSE Festival - a lantern festival at the Moapa Valley Indian Reservation right near Las Vegas, Nevada.
the trek to the main area. so this festival was pretty much in the middle of nowhere in a desert - in the evening time so thank god it wasn't hot. once within the main grounds, there's a large area with a bunch of torches posted all around. everyone just picks up their 3 lanterns, their mat, posts at one of the torches, and we basically just chill until it's night time. there's live music playing from a stage in the middle of it all - i forget what artist(s) it was, but it was very folky-indie type and really fun.
markers were also given out for people to write any messages on their lanterns. reading about the festival prior, i found out that a lot of people find these lantern festivals to be soothing and therapeutic, in terms of coping from personal issues, death of a loved one, or just a as a search for inspiration.
after letting our lanterns float up, i could understand why. i can't even describe how looking up and seeing all those lanterns felt. this moment literally goes down in my books.
it was a really nostalgic night for me - i guess what i got out of it was that it's always important to take a step back and realize how precious life is. i want to keep reminding myself to find the simplicity in happiness, and find happiness in the most simple things. all i did was light 3 lanterns (with a lot of difficulty) and let them go in the sky - how did i get all of that from this?
i really don't know, but it just simply made me happy.
i hope everyone can get the chance to see this first-hand - it's too beautiful to not be seen. go with friends, family, loved ones. it's guaranteed to amaze you.
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