5 Valuable Life Lessons Learned From Concerts
Words By: Jeanette LeBlanc
Concerts are events that we attend for various personal and external reasons, whether we are trying to share a moment with an artist we look up to; explore new music, study an artist’s performance, party, or achieve some sort of social status- we are all there for different reasons, some we might not even be aware of. While we are cramming our bodies into uncomfortable crowds and wandering around venues, our brains are processing and learning valuable life lessons that most people don’t recognize are being offered at these special events.
Lesson #1: Practice Patience
Artists run late and line-ups can be extremely long, impatient people do not survive concerts and will not have a good time. Whether you’re waiting to pee or waiting for the roadies to finish setting up the stage, you are practicing one of life’s most valuable virtues, patience. If you can accept the fact that things will happen when they happen, then your life will be rewarded with consistently met expectations and low blood pressure.
Lesson #2: Music Is a Powerful Substance
The greatest high you can get at a concert is when your favourite song is being performed right in front of you. You can feel the vibrations from the speakers flow through your body while you feed off of the energy of the crowd and the smiles and emotions from the faces around you. Singing along to a song with hundreds or thousands of people is something big that you can’t do anywhere else, it’s a rush. Music can teach you how to find positive highs that can lift you when you’re down and make you feel like you belong to something, anything.
Lesson #3: People are Kind
Of course there are people who follow terrible and unlawful acts such as: butting in line to use the bathroom, throwing drinks into the crowd, pushing you out of the way to get to the front of the stage, singing off key at the top of their lungs, or failing to apply deodorant. However, at the end of the day, when you are standing in a crowd next to someone and you share that moment of singing along together or even temporarily smiling at one another, you realize that people are kind and compassionate. People will knock you down in a heavy metal mosh-pit, just so that they can help pick you up and lift you above the audience to crowd surf.
In my years of concert going; I’ve had strangers return my cell phone to me, compliment me, educate me, friend me and encourage me. It all teaches you how nice people really do exist, and the crowd is filled with individuals, it’s not a whole of people who are out to get you.
Lesson #4: We Are All Equals
Fans invest so much time and energy into meeting their favourite bands. Everyone wants that one picture or moment to tell them how much you love them and how they’ve impacted your life. It is an amazing experience to be able to meet these individuals, who you hold up on such a high pedestal, but at the end of the day, they are real people just like us. They get nervous, have bad days and bad habits, insecurities and personalities that may conflict with ours. They are normal people who like to have normal conversations and do normal things, they are the same as anyone else in the audience. While attending concerts and having opportunities to meet your favourite bands and other fans, you will learn about how we all have the same emotions and the same problems- you should never treat anyone or allow anyone to treat you differently.
Lesson #5: Freedom Is Real
Freedom is something that Martin Luther King Jr. has imprinted in the brains of several generations- it is something that we know we have but don’t necessarily feel all of the time. Freedom can come in many different forms and feelings, whether it is a day off of work or knowing you are allowed to live your life the way you want to; it is something that can be interpreted in different ways depending on the individual.
While attending a concert, you feel the freedom. The freedom in the music, the bodies dancing, being allowed to express yourself and being in a place where you chose to be.
Just Take It In
Concerts will grab you by the soul and take you on a journey through anywhere you want to go. They can take you to that happy serene place or they can take you through that dark mystical shadow that we all sometimes need to explore. Concerts are about learning and accepting the truth and rawness of the music the band has to offer you. It’s about accepting the places you’re going and the people that surround you- it’s the perception that you choose to view and the lessons that you choose to learn along the way.
Come say hi to me the next time you see me at a show; I want you to help make that imprint in why I do the things that I do!