How’s it going guys?
Yesterday, I attended the 2017 Vans Warped Tour at Darien Lake Theme Park, outside of Buffalo, NY. Warped Tour is something I try to attend every year, whether the lineup of bands and other artists performing are appealing, or not. The experience there is just so great, it’s hard to miss out on. Luckily for me, one of my favorite bands, Neck Deep, was playing.
What I love about Neck Deep, and the punk/pop-punk genre in general, is the pure emotion and energy that is put into each song. Which is why I think it’s so uplifting, in so many different ways, to listen to them. Energy also has a lot to do with attitude. One thing I’ve noticed over the years about crowd behavior at shows like these is that even though everyone acts, well…rowdy, people are looking out for each other the entire time. If somebody drops something, like a hat or a phone, it’s picked up right away, and given right back. If somebody gets hurt, or even faints, that person is helped by the people around them until medical attention arrives. The atmosphere is just so helpful and caring, and it’s because everybody there only wants two things: to be safe and have a great time.
When we think about it, a lot of these principles can be applied to the workplace. Not necessarily things like crowd surfing (though I’m not opposed to it), but keeping an atmosphere of friendliness and positivity, and keeping an attitude that promotes a healthy and energetic aura. And, on top of that, looking out and caring for one another. As I’ve said in a previous blog post, we need to be a team at Indium Corporation, and take care of one another as we’re focused on doing our jobs to the best of our abilities.
The night was coming to an end as Neck Deep played their last song, “Where Do We Go When We Go.” The lead singer, Ben Barlow, wrote this song right after his father passed away late last year, so it was evident how much emotion and feeling was put into it. The energy from the crowd was the most intense it had been that entire night, and on the last chorus, I crowd surfed to the front where Ben gave me a high five, thus ending my day at Warped Tour.
While it wasn’t the best Warped Tour I’ve ever been to, it was definitely one to remember and I’m happy I experienced it. And, as I go through this internship, I’ll keep making memories, having special experiences, and cherishing the time that I have left here.