Concerts, feelings, gratitude

Concert Feels

E635C0F0-BC7F-43A4-9A4E-110454DC9DC8Have you ever bought tickets to a concert of your all-time favourite group?  Remember counting down the days in anticipation of that amazing event you’re going to experience?  Well, I have…many times and I just experienced it again with my daughter.

It was her first concert – Panic! At The Disco!  She was SO excited when she found out they were coming to Vancouver.  We bought tickets back in March and then, the countdown was on.  She had a timer set on her phone that told her the number of days, even hours and minutes, until she got to see Brendon Urie and the talented group of musicians that make up Panic!

The big day finally came!  She was so excited, she could barely eat all day!  We were lined up in front of the venue just a few hours away from enjoying what would be a very memorable evening.

The concert was EPIC!  Brendon Urie was flawlessly hitting notes that were in a range all their own, Kenny and Nicole rocked it on their guitars and background vocals, and the string trio and horn ensemble added an interesting sound to the music.  The lighting brought dramatic flair to each song.  It was a fun and entertaining show!  I watched with joy as my daughter belted out every lyric and screamed with delight.  Memories made!

The next day, we travelled back home.  When we arrived home, we gathered on our own sectional couch in our rec room and showed my son all of the video footage we recorded from that awesome night!  Ahhh…reliving the moment when Brendon first jumped on stage!  Watching the band enthusiastically play along.  Hearing the crowd singing the lyrics and screaming as each number came to an end.  It was a special night!

And then the post-concert low hit!  I could see the sadness on my daughter’s face.  The realization that she just watched her favourite group perform right in front of her along with the understanding that it might be 2 years until she gets to see them perform live again.  I explained to her that she might feel this way for a few days after the “best night of her life”.  The feelings she felt the night of, and now after the concert, show how powerful and meaningful music can be to a person.  I am thrilled that she is so passionate about music.  And as I always say, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”.

So whether it’s Panic! At The Disco! or your favourite group, enjoy all the feels a concert brings!

Daily Prompts

Daily Prompt: Laughter – how it can heal

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Laughter is the best medicine so they say…  however I truly believe it is.  Coming from two difficult years, I can honestly say that laughter is healing.  I lost both of my parents six months apart from each other.  My Mom passed away of terminal cancer in December of 2015 and my Dad in June of 2016 from a sudden heart attack in his sleep.  Through all the tears and sorrow, I somehow found laughter again.  It wasn’t easy, but it came and thankfully it was in the form of memories and reminiscing.

My Mom always used big, unusual words.  Words you would find in crossword puzzles.  She would say words like, “That path is well trodden” or “Henceforth”.  We shared many trips together where we would laugh and laugh…sometimes through heartfelt mocking, but all in all, through just living in the moment and enjoying every minute.  I feel blessed that my kids had the opportunity to go on some special adventures together with my Mom and I.

My Dad on the other hand just had a great sense of humour.  He was always positive and making funny comments or telling humourous stories from the past.  We enjoyed many family times where his smile and laughter made everyone feel lighter.

I can still hear my parents laughter and that is such a special gift.  I am grateful to have such happy memories and be able to laugh with my own family saying, “Remember when…”.  The tears still flow, not as often as they did, but they still do as I continue through this grief journey.  At times however, there is smiling through my tears.  Feeling is healing and what a great way to heal through laughter.