A new appreciation of live events.
Updated: Oct 5
Damn. What a cluster fuck this pandemic has been.
Now I have a whole new perspective on our liberty and our freedoms. A whole new take on live events, gigs, festivals, exhibitions, freedom of movement.
I certainly took it all for granted.
I have been fortunate enough to have been to attend many gigs, festivals and other live events and have been honoured to take part in art exhibitions and performances over the years .
However, I have too many times backed out of live event plans due to intense gut crunching, brain mangling, spirit crushing anxiety/depression. I've been THE most flaky fucker ever, to be brutallyhonest. Much to the frustration of others and to myself.
All that fun and opportunity and experience I have lost out on. F'kin sucks.
In 2018/19 however I really pushed myself to get out there again and engage in live events and attend some gigs I really wanted to see and actually socialise. I saw some good stuff.
2020 was ear marked for even more live fun and an art events was pencilled in. Well that has been blown out of the water this year, 2020. Year of the pandemic.
No gigs for the foreseeable. Short term anyway. Hopefully.
I'm not complaining though. In my 40 odd years when not fighting the mental health illness I have been very lucky to see many brilliant acts live and attend some brilliant events.
I‘ll never take live events and social gatherings for granted again. Andcthats coming from someone who has been becoming comfortable with his introversion.
It can all be taken away overnight!
I am far more mindful and grateful for our hard fought for freedoms more than ever. And they are fought for. Freedom is not a God given right or some kind of magic dust. It's a man made construct as us the opposite of freedom. Freedom is fragile and needs to be protected.
This was from the the last festival I attended where I took some photos, as I do.
Not the best photos but I’m glad I did:
I took lots more but it takes time to sort em all out. One day I will. Probably in years to come, literally.
Live events. Don’t take them for granted.