Seeing Phish again for the first time in 17 years was much needed.
The beauty of the scene, (there are plenty of ugly things, but not worth talking about) is that there is such a childlike joy involved. The glowsticks being thrown by the thousands, the stickers, the pins, the fashion, the dancing, the excitement about variation in musicality, the list goes on and on...
Bringing my four kids and my wife for their first show really enhanced my perception of the childlike quality of being a Phish head. So many things that normal society would reject, Phish heads pursue relentlessly. Glowstick wars are a perfect example. Normally, one would teach children to be afraid of offending someone by throwing a handful of glowsticks in the air in the middle of a crowd. Phish heads encourage such activity.
The philosophy is: Test the boundaries. Find the edge. Break through it. Jump off. Leave what is expected behind. The universes capabilities are beyond what we imagine and the box we put ourselves into as we get older.
It is hard to stay open and childlike as we age. Phish shows us that there is way. Keep pushing. Keep jumping. Never stop going beyond what society say is "acceptable and normal."
As a parent, I find this to be one of the best lessons my children have to teach me, and one that Phish has helped me keep near and dear to my heart. Break down the walls inside your own heart and be soft. Stay excited about the vast wonder of being alive in this amazing universe. Above all, have fun and enjoy the ride.