Whew, I really promised myself I’d stay on top of writing this month, unfortunately like many (okay, all) other aspects of my life right now that goal quickly decimated. While I haven’t been reflecting though my writing very much lately, I have had plenty of long thoughtful conversations about life and the future with my friends and family. These conversations really have me thinking about the reality I am about to face, the adult world. It’s all so exciting and scary, but because I am trying so desperately to hang on to my last year of college and lack of adult responsibility… so, I have really been living it up! By living it up, I mean I do more than deep clean my room and watch Golden Girls reruns on Saturdays (I am very much a Dorothy…if anyone was wondering 😉); instead I make great efforts to socialize with friends, go on day trips, and ensure that I do at least one “memorable” thing per week. At this point, the limit to my fun does not exist (see what I did there?). Most recently, my best friend Katie and I attended a local music festival and as exhausting as those three days were, I’d do it again tomorrow and the next day, it was that much fun.
So, for Katie and I’s benefit…I decided to do a little recap of the trip. There’s really no better way to ensure the experience stays memorable than documenting here, am I right? The best part of the whole thing, is there are plenty of fun highlights from the trip. For starters…. our festival experience was almost entirely free, so we already were set up for a win in my book. I entered a silly competition on a whim and won two free tickets AND I have connections (yes, connections…aren’t I so official) in Austin, the city that the festival is held, so our lodging was completely free as well! In the end, I would have gone and had a great time regardless if the whole shindig (is this a word that is used outside of Texas? Or used at all? Please let me know asap!) was free or not, but let me tell you as a poor college student it definitely made the experience next level! Now I present you with the 6 reasons (thought about making the list have “13 reasons why…” but, let’s be honest I already reference pop culture just a little too much anyway…) why my weekend at Austin City Limits 2017 is worth commemorating!
#1: I WAS IN AUSTIN!
For any non-Texan out there, I am going to tell you simply…. Austin is the best city in Texas (solely my opinion. But it’s right 😉)! It’s gorgeous, ecofriendly, people friendly, foodie friendly, and just plain cool! Any city whose slogan is “Keep Austin Weird” is obviously going to be my happy place. The ironic thing is that I’m technically not supposed to “like” Austin, Austin while being the coolest city in Texas is also home to my University’s rival campus. Many of my classmates take great (personal, yes personal…that’s how serious a rivalry it is) offence to my love for the city. The crazy thing is the rivalry stems mostly from Football, which is probably why I’m okay with openly betraying my school, because I honestly care more about the moth balls in my ex-boyfriend’s closet than I do about Football. Even more crazy; my school and UT (the rival campus) don’t even play in the same league anymore….so long story short, the festival was already amazing before it even started because it was in Austin.
#2: THE WEATHER WAS OUTTA THIS WORLD
While my friend Katie may not agree with this one, for Texas the weather was amazing! Staying outside for 11 hours is never ideal, but for a majority of our time…mother nature was good to us. Nothing beats jamming to fantastic music while a slight autumn breeze blows by.
#3: THE FOOOOOD
Even those who are Anti-Austin are NOT Anti-Austin food. Austin has some of the best local eateries, many of which set up stands at ACL. Katie, being the maniac she is, opted to eat at the one chain restaurant that was offered, but I took full advantage of the options. I had one of the best Gyros in my life and even snuck some veggies in with a brussel sprout salad one day!
#4: THE MUSIC
While the Lineup wasn’t as stacked as I would have hoped, I still had a blast jamming out to some of my favorites. I even convinced Katie to sit and wait at the barricade with me for some of the smaller shows so we could be front row (a true testament to the kind of friend she is!). There was a point where we got stuck in a mosh pit during a Martin Garixx style rave, it’s fun to laugh about now but it definitely didn’t feel amazing in the moment when everyone’s sweaty pits were in our faces. Although I think we both enjoyed Tove Lo’s set the best, her music had us shaking and grooving like no other.
#5: BREAK FROM REALITY
I genuinely believe I enjoyed my weekend so much because I did nothing school related and Katie and I made a vow not to talk or think about our academics, it was the ultimate stress-free weekend! Everyone deserves a little break from reality, regardless of how busy they may be. In the end it just increased our high and made the festival that much more fun.
#6: MY BEST FRIEND!
Y’all (this word is DEFINITELY a Texas one), I really have the greatest best friend. Katie had no idea who 80% of the performers we saw were, but she willingly trekked from stage to stage and watched (occasionally joining) me dance and sing like a total nerd. The weekend wouldn’t have been the same if I had chosen to bring any other friend, boyfriend, stranger,etc
In conclusion…I encourage everyone to go out and enjoy life! Go to a festival, call an old friend up and hang, go for a walk and enjoy the natural world. Life is too short to spend the weekends watching Golden Girls reruns, believe me!
Catch you on the flipside!