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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Looking Back: Osheaga 2015 and Reflection





I had an unproductive Saturday with a lot of things on my mind, which had me bummed out, but today I woke up early and motivated to get things accomplished on my to-do list. After a glass of water and a bowl of watermelon (yum!), I went for a morning run to beat the sun and summer heat.  

Since it was early and Sunday morning, it was quite peaceful as most people I assume were still at home and maybe still in bed. The weather was also nice and crisp as we were expecting some rain in today’s forecast. It was perfect. All I could hear were the birds chirping, but to get me pumped up to continue running, I plugged in my earphones and started to listening to my iPod. Many songs that played today spoke to me and made me think of my own life.

One of the songs that played was “Shake it Out” by Florence and the Machine. This song made me reminisce of when I went to Osheaga this time last year and saw her live. She’s such an amazing free spirited person which reflected in her performance. When she was on stage, she wore a flowy all white outfit with no bra (#Freethenipple) and was barefoot.

Ironically, even though the title of this blog post is “Looking Back: Osheaga”, the song “Shake it Out” is about letting go, forgetting the past and how moments seem dark but then always get better. There’s also a line, “Regrets collect like old friends, here to relive your darkest moments.” Sometimes you do things that you regret that haunt you but regrets cannot be changed. You just have to move on.

I like how Florence Welch, the singer, described the song. She said "So this song was kind of like, 'Shake yourself out of it, things will be OK. She continued, "[Because] sometimes I have to write songs for myself, reminding me to let it go. But then, the end refrain of 'What the hell' is really important as well, because you'll dance with the devil again at some point, and maybe it will be fun. I've heard he does a really good foxtrot."

When I went to Osheaga last year, not only did I get to cross “Going to a music festival” off my bucket list, but it was also one of the best weekends of my life! Osheaga was amazing with lots of good people, music and activities to do. 

Quick TIPS for Osheaga:

Some tips I have to save money during Osheaga would be to buy tickets ahead of time, book a place via Airbnb.ca and to bring a reusable water bottle along with snacks. If you’re at Osheaga this weekend or planning on going, you will for sure have lots of fun! 

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