When you see the lights darken. When you feel the anticipation in the room rising. When you hold your breath, the whole world turning silent. When you see them come on the stage. When you let out that first, maniacal scream. When you hear those first chords, so familiar to your ears. When you instantly start screaming the words that have given you so much, along with the people responsible for it. When you’re screaming out the chorus with the tears streaming down your face. When you hear yourself roaring, desperate to show your gratitude by offering your sanity. When you’re going crazy with your best friends, just trying to get the energy out somehow. When you’re swaying with the music, the crowd as one. When you’re in a trance, body moving like a snake to the tunes of the charmer. When you’re remembering everything you’ve been through during three years, with these exact songs as the soundtrack. When you’re hearing the tones you’ve listened to a million times on your iPod live. When you abandon all your senses, jumping and shouting, just to pour out all your love. When you get a little smile from one of the recipients of said love. When it’s all done and you’re standing there in a daze, not fully comprehending the importance of what just happened. When you’re sitting at the fast-food restaurant, sweaty and disgusting, just chugging down your large coke zero while staring blankly at the wall. When you’re sitting in the car, watching the buildings fly by and lights being dragged out into luminescent lines. When you’re saying goodbye to your friends, huddled up in a circle, crying over the magnitude of what just happened. When you’re sitting at home, blogging about everything that happened. When you’re typing in the words, hands shaking, with a smile on your face. That’s when you know.
That’s when you know that you’ve experienced true happiness.