This was going to be a quick note in the chat but now it's 500 words.
I think JP’s Tampa guest list is easier to get on than his LA guest list haha. But that sounds awesome! There is actually a chance I’ll end up at that Switchfoot LA show. I’ll be sure to let you know. 😊
We felt so similar about the stuff happening in Israel and Palestine. Right after our wedding, we found out Nathan's uncle and cousin were in Tel Aviv for a quick trip when the chaos started and had to shelter in their hotel basement. ((After almost a week without hearing anything, we found out yesterday that they made it safely to America))
We were trying to have our little local 1 day honeymoon (went to a local theme park) and it was too hard to have fun when you stop and think about how hard it would be to be sheltering and also not knowing if our people were okay or not. We watched a fireworks show (I love fireworks) but were thinking like "for us this is pretty, but for them this sound right now must be so scary." We rode a Rollercoaster ride and I'm scared of Rollercoasters but we were thinking like "yea, we've paid money to feel scared, but millions of people right now would give anything to not be scared." Those types of things. It definitely added some gravity to the moment and made us feel quite a bit more thankful that we'd been able to have a celebration safely. I was a little angry too, because I'd been looking forward to our honeymoon and being able to have some fun with nathan and he was so worried he couldn't really have fun so we had to not celebrate as much with each other because it felt a little wrong to celebrate at the same time that a family member could be hurting.
I think it's hard to hold that feeling of wanting to be able to celebrate and be happy and enjoy your own experiences while also being aware that your realities in the present moment aren't the same realities some other people are feeling. For our honeymoon, we ended a bit early to go home and read all the cards people had given us. Trying to do fun stuff had felt a little empty, but reading the cards together felt more real and connected to the people we love.
Anyways, thanks for sharing about having a similar feeling after the concert.
Jamie I’ll be in LA for the JM and JP show ( I haven’t celebrated a birthday since the pandemic so this feels poetic). You should come out! Going to be the last John Mayer show for a while and last night of the tour. We are rolling that into the final switchfoot show of the tour on Sunday. Sounds like a meeting of all your friends too 🙌🏻 can’t wait to hear about the U2 show and the Tampa Show tonight!
I went to the Switchfoot concert last night, it was an awesome show!