Friday October 22, 2021
This day was a true test of my capabilities, and I truly feel I passed with flying colors. Everything timed out and lined up just as I had hoped and imagined.
As effortless as it felt to be there among the crowd under the electric sky, it took all of my resources, energy, and focus to make sure the experience went smoothly. Luckily, it was all worth it to be united with the people who inspired me to take the leap and make the journey in the first place.
To start off the opening ceremony, I stuck with Frances and her group, which had been part of the plan for almost 2 years now. It was more surreal to actually be there living the moment than I could have ever dreamed. That feeling is a natural high that I still haven't come down from.
Once the full area was opened and things started taking off, I was not convinced that it would be possible to connect with other people who I planned to see there but had come separately. It was pure magic that we bumped into Christy and Dean, who were all brought together by a little shuffle challenge group chat on IG back in 2019. To finally be sharing a dance and exchanging energy with these people was so fulfilling and heartwarming.
In yet another miraculous turn of events, we all met back up at Noizu's set and found the Seco Tribe flag flying next to the Stereobloom stage. I was ecstatic to see Vanesa and Pam in their element in the festival environment, and I was equally excited for the Seco family and the Diosa by Seco team to see how the masterpiece they created for my custom outfit made me feel like a real Goddess. I tried having no expectations going into the festival, so it blew me away to see them respond with so much love and joy and match my emotions.
I shared what felt like the most authentic moments there with that collection of beautiful souls, just being present and letting the passion for expression flow freely. I admit that I've been looking back and reliving those moments ever since, but I was still fully aware that I was in one of the most precious moments and making some of my most cherished memories.
I got to spend some downtime with the homies Dean and Donivan, who made me feel so welcome and mutually respected, even though I was very much an outsider according to my ego. The time spent with them just floating around and eating pierogies was so grounding and affirming that I was really where I wanted to be. Somehow my luck had still not run out, and I ran into Christy again to finish out the night.
Did I encounter some issues with Uber on the way home? Sure, but that was a tiny speed bump on one of the most magnificent paths my life has ever brought me to, and I'm so grateful for the whole experience.
But wait, there's more! After a few hours of rest, it was time to start again.
Day 2 coming up next.