Self-Care Challenge (Day 199): Listening to Live Music

On day 199 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored listening to live music as a relaxing act of self-care.

Over the years, I’ve been to a number of outdoor music events, from Jamboree in the Hills to Austin City Limits to random outdoor shows. But the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington (yes, I find that comical as well) is one of those special venues that makes music sound even more magical. It’s remote, expansive landscape forces you to leave life’s insignificant worries behind.

Listening to live music is, for me at least, an exercise in self-care. Relaxing into a melody while taking in a scenic view with a group of friends nurtures several aspects of my health.

We spent two nights camping and listening to music, laughing with friends, and being generally free of distractions.

The energy of thousands of other concert-goers filled the hillside as music poured into the gorge below. Birds circled overhead, appearing to also enjoy the festivities. Across the river, boats made patterns in the water, and, as the sun fell below the horizon, small campfires could be seen faintly in the distance.

Being outside in such a relaxed state invited an awareness that isn’t possible in the rush of life’s normal pace. Listening, watching, being fully present – it seemed like such a luxury compared to a typical day filled with adult responsibilities.

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