While music is the main reason we go to shows and festivals, another awesome factor is the visual effects. Before I started going to these things, the last time I got to gaze in awe upon something with stunning special effects had to be when I was a kid and went to things like plays, planetariums, and museums.
We get to see all this neat stuff as children but then become too caught up in “adult” activities when we grow up to even remember that time in which we used to be absolutely thrilled by things like lights and lasers.
And this is why I’d rather take MDMA and go to a show than just go out to a bar and take shots. Instead of getting inebriated and trying to talk at drunk strangers over loud shitty pop music, I enhance my feelings of amazement and happiness and get to watch lights and lasers with some of the best people on earth while listening to beautiful music. And the best part of all is that magical feeling you get of being enraptured by just how beautiful what you are watching and what you are part of truly is.
Ravers are some of the most beautiful people, both inside and out, that you will ever meet. We are kind, caring, and passionate. And all that dancing keeps us in excellent shape ;) .
One of the most wonderful, lasting effects taking drugs has had on me is my rekindled fascination with the universe, and science in general. When I was younger I loved science; specifically Earth Science. I used to look forward to my earth science class freshman year of high school every day; rocks and minerals, geologic time, fossils—it was all so deeply interesting to me, learning about the earth we’ve come from. Then, somewhere along the way, I became less interested in science and more interested in things like celebrity gossip and what trendy top I was going to buy next. Learning about the differences between pelecypods and gastropods was no longer cool, but learning to distinguish MAC from Sephora brand makeup sure was.
But then, when I started smoking weed and eventually doing other drugs in college, I regained this sense of wonder and curiosity in not only the Earth, but also the universe within and beyond. I developed an immense appreciation for all things science, and the desire to learn more about where we are in this vast expanse of it all. Instead of watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and wishing I knew how Kim always had the best outfits, I started watching “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” and wishing I knew more about astrophysics. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Perezhilton.com everyday reading about Lindsay Lohan’s latest meltdown, I was browsing NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” and reading about a myriad of different astronomical beauties.
Drugs, in this sense, have actually made me smarter than I was in the time before I started doing them. If I had continued on the path I was going down before I started doing drugs, I would still be just as obsessed with and dumbed down by pop culture, trends, and material fads. I would still only be seeing as far as the designer shades sitting atop my overly-made-up face, nose stuck in the latest gossip magazine, unaware of the endless world of hope and possibility in life, the universe, and everything (but, the topic of alternate realities that branch from the multitude of decisions you make along your life journey, is a topic for another entry at another time);).
I am truly thankful for this constant curiosity drugs have instilled in me. And that, its consistency throughout my day-to-day life, is what makes it so awesome; long after the drugs have worn off, I still see life through this inquisitive lens. I am still just as in awe of the every little thing life has to offer. And I know that this deep feeling of connection to the world around me and beyond is something that I will carry with me forever; and it is a truly enlightened feeling that I am so completely lucky to have.
Happy 4:20! Relaxing on Sunday evening before another long week is always key for me. A little 1-UP (my favorite smoking apparatus :) and I kick back and read or draw and immerse myself in the delicious last few hours of freedom before another dull week at work.
People will tell you that too much of a good thing can be bad. I would disagree with this, seeing as something that is good by definition cannot at the same time be bad. Therefore, so long and much as it is good, it will never be bad.
I would go even further to say that too much of a good thing is, in fact, wonderful. Think about it this way; when you take MDMA you are flooding your brain with serotonin, the neurotransmitter that is responsible for happiness. “Too much” of this causes you to be extremely euphoric, enamored with the world, and completely happy with life. Now that, friends, is something truly wonderful.
“Put on those shades and wave to yesterday, the sunlight hurts my eyes”
Getting SO AMPED for festival season to start up again so I can bring back the pink hair :)
PLUR is our belief system, our guide, our religion. These four principles; Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect, are what govern our lives. They are the four values that we implement in everything we say and do.