I was recently on a week-long vacation with my family. Perfect, right? Beautiful scenery, good food, surrounded by my favorite people, a week off from responsibilities. But I was having a hard time. I couldn’t…let go. It had taken some organizing to get away: figuring out who’d take care of the dog and cat, paying all the bills, packing up, checking all the things off the list. And then there’s what would happen when I got back! Work piling up, things to catch up on, replying to all the emails. Even during the vacation there was the planning: what was next? where were we going to eat? was everyone happy? were we spending too much money? – finally, by the second to last day, I stopped and realized – woah, I’m on vacation, I should be enjoying this!
As children, living in the moment is our specialty – we see only what is in front of us, enjoy what there is, not even knowing what the next activity or day will bring. When something upsets us, we cry and hate the world – and then the moment is gone. When we are happy, that’s all there is, pure joy. We are blissfully unaware of the weight on our parents’ shoulders and what responsibilities we will later have as age and adult worries take over.
Somehere along the way to adulthood, I seem to have lost that crucial ability to get lost in the moment! To let go and just…be. To open my eyes, look around and realize that right now, I truly have everything that I need to be in this moment and that, often – here especially – it’s a good one.
Even (especially) in the festival office, we can get so wrapped up in the planning, the details, making sure everything goes right and everyone else is happy, we forget to jump in and take what this whole thing is offering us! And it’s offering us so much!
There’s the music, such incredible artists sharing their gifts with us. There’s dancing our bodies to the beat, moving under the night sky in new ways. There’s family together time, amazing food, pitching tents and making new friends, campfire jams, reminiscing, new experiences and – somehow all of us come together, with everything we have to offer, and we create something. Together, we create the biggest, most beautiful moment!
So I’m challenging myself this fall, and I invite you to join me. Let’s jump into that moment! Let’s live in it!
For this moment we have created together – maybe it lasts four days, maybe only an afternoon – let’s recognize it for what it is, and leave that other stuff behind. Let’s invite that beautiful, full October moon and her sister stars to come down and dance with us! Happy Shakori, everyone!
Love & Peace,
Sara Waters Schwartz