Why I am looking forward to RiSE 2019


Life can be so overwhelming that it feels hard to breathe. I’ve always been able to calm myself down, but recently my anxiety has gotten so bad I can’t. It’s hard to trick yourself into thinking you are in control when your mind is telling you that you’re not. 

From the start of high school, the question is always ‘what are you going to do when you graduate?’. That question continues throughout post-secondary, and after graduation, the question becomes ‘so, what now?’. Since graduating last January, I’ve been struggling to figure that out. I think the route of my anxiety is that I have no idea what’s next.  How are we to know what we want to do for the next 40+ years of our lives?

There’s so much pressure to have your life figured out before you turn 25. All I know is that I want to take the power back into my own hands, and figure things out at my own pace. 

This is why I am so excited to go to RiSE Festival in October. After dealing with life’s pressures - I was looking for an outlet that would allow me to ‘let go’, and RiSE seemed like the perfect opportunity. RiSE is a lantern festival that takes place in the Mojave Desert, which is just outside of Las Vegas. 


Some of the unique aspects of the event I’m looking forward to experiencing are:

  • The event grounds, which are intentionally designed to create a space that promotes mindfulness and healing 

  • The breathtaking lantern release that symbolizes hope! Each attendee gets two lanterns included with their ticket to personalize. 

  • There is no service on festival grounds - which helps attendees to disconnect fully and be present at the event. 

I’m looking forward to having the chance to write down my stressors and anxieties out onto a lantern and physically release it. This will help me to calm down, let go and remain positive throughout the process of figuring life out. I bought my ticket, and booked my flight to Las Vegas.. only 61 more days till I RiSE.

This is my unique experience and story that brought me to RiSE - what’s yours?