Receiving this kandi was probably the most meaningful moment that I took from Paradiso. Anyone who knows even a bit about me knows that this year I have faced some of the most difficult and challenging struggles of my entire life. My emotions have been on a roller coaster over the past several months, but I am finally starting to understand that life will always have it’s ups and downs.
During the very last song in Porter Robinson’s set he played Language. This was a moment I have been waiting so long for and knew that it would be nothing short of emotional. As I was singing, smiling, and dancing with some of my very best friends, I realized that I can not continue to dwell on the negative aspects of my life but rather on all the positive ones. As my best friend put a piece sign in my direction, I knew that it would be a special moment. As we configured the handshake representing everything we stand for- peace, love, unity, and respect - she transferred this bracelet over to my wrist. She just looked at me, smiled, and told me it said i’ll be okay and to this day this one of the most monumental and emotional moments of my life. This bracelet, this moment, my friendships, and my love for myself and everyone around me had never been stronger. And she was definitely right- I will be okay.