This month, I will be taking my first-ever solo road trip to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. While I have traveled many times by myself, I have never driven a distance greater than eight hours.
Last summer, I volunteered to work at the Imagine Music Festival in Georgia with my good friend. It was my first out-of-state festival experience. While I had such essentials as a tent, flying down prevented me from having such big items as a canopy. As a result, my campsite did not have enough shade.
Also, the festival was so large, I did not see my friend until the last day. However, the days I spent with strangers enjoying great music together was still an amazing experience.
While this will now be the second festival I have attend alone, I am reminded of a verse I heard often while growing up:
“I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Going forward, I know I am not alone.
Rodr√≠guez is a staff writer for the Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Cat√≥lico.