Alice: “How long is forever?”
White Rabbit: “Sometimes, just one second.”
I never realized the true meaning of this quote, from a personal childhood favorite, until I reached the end of my journey in the starry world of Nocturnal Wonderland. The rising sun on the Monday morning of Labor Day Weekend came like a shocking slap to the face. Where did the weekend go? How is it already over?! I had been counting down the days to this anniversary massive for what felt like… ever! And then it was over, in no time at all. I learned a lot in my time down the rabbit hole but it really reinforced some old time lessons that we all often forget. Life is short. Life is beautiful. And we don’t have a single moment to lose.
Anyone who raves knows the true and excruciating pain of waiting for your next event. 30 days away? Feels like a lifetime! And then the reality is that a fun-filled, long 3 day event feels like it lasted mere minutes? When I really think about the jam-packed weekend – a lot went down. I camped for three nights with amazing friends, old and new. Danced my heart out from dusk until dawn to some of my favorite artists (Galantis, Madeon, Bassnectar – I could go on!) And created bonds that will truly last a lifetime. I seriously could not be happier with my first Nocturnal Wonderland experience. I just wish I could hit the rewind and pause buttons over that weekend for a little while. Of course, we all wish this when reflecting on a great festival or event. But for me – Nocturnal was even more special. I left little pieces of my soul at San Manuel that weekend – specifically front stage at the Temple of Ohm and at the campsite we called home for 3 days. I got lost in Wonderland and found myself in the process. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.
How do festivals go so quickly? We prepare for months, putting in a ton of time and effort to make sure every detail is taken care of to ensure a fun time. Then you blink and it’s gone! It hardly seems fair. Don’t get me wrong, Nocturnal Wonderland quickly flew to the top of my list for favorite events. Dancing in the dark, camping all weekend with my beautiful rave fam, and making tons of new friends along the way? Absolutely unbeatable. I already can’t wait for next year! But this event was definitely a wake up call and a lesson to me more than any other so far in my raving career.
If a 3-day festival is a small scale, dream-like representation of real life – then I want to soak up every second. Who cares if we made it to the venue late? We made it! So we missed that set at 8:30? There’s another amazing one coming up at 10:00. How did we only take ten pictures the whole weekend?! Must have been too busy living in the moment. Let’s not sweat the small stuff.
This life will be over before we know it. So let’s live. And love. And learn. And be completely present in every single moment. Because sometimes, forever is just one second. All of you headed to TomorrowWorld this weekend, be sure to live in the present!
Until next year, Wonderland.