“Man is the only animal whose existence is a problem that he has to solve.”~Erich Fromm
For anyone that might’ve missed it, yesterday was the 4th of July. Independence Day for the United States of America. The 241st birthday. Happy Birthday USA. Happy Birthday. Needless to say, fireworks weren’t hard to see or hear as evidenced by the bellowing booms and flashes for a few days prior.
Last night the City of Winter Springs, FL put on their annual show of fireworks for the city and whoever else in the Central Florida area wanted to join in the festivities. It took place at Central Winds Park and there were local vendors, live music, a brief presentation by the mayor, all ending in a fireworks display. Seized the opportunity to practice some night photography and get in some excellent people watching. Nothing say’s patriotism like a crowd fully clothed in versions of the American flag and bought at Old Navy, Kohls, or Walmart. Not that I was exempt as I wore a Fife and Drum printed t-shirt, purchased in Colonial Williamsburg. The point however is not that. It’s something along the line’s of the photographs of fireworks that were captured.
I’m pretty sure most people don’t flock to fireworks shows with their families in tow, hoping to find some undiscovered part of themselves that’s been laying dormant for their whole lives. But come on….some of these fireworks are pretty cool looking and can give folks the feels. Like the one just above…a giant group of jellyfish?! Illuminated dementors?! Whatever it is, sending low explosive pyrotechnics shooting off into the sky for entertainment can make one ponder some things in life. Especially when paired with appropriately timed music that makes the whole event that much more immersive.
Take these stars for example. Wait, those are fireworks again. Right. Imagination getting the better of me again. How fun is it though to look up and imagine you’re somewhere else, while your feet are still on the ground?! Kinda like being a kid again. Remember that part of your brain that was full of creativity, imagination, and wonder as a kid?! Fireworks might tend to tap into that.
Sea anemone maybe?!
Holographic giant Dahlia flower?!
A group of little spaceships having it out at the edge of the event horizon of a black hole?! “pew pew”
Not quite sure what the purpose of entertainment fireworks are when broken down the nitty gritty. But who cares?! If just for a brief moment, that sense of reality is paused and the enjoyment of wonder is embraced again, isn’t that one purpose?! Enjoying the fun of freedom booms, whatever that even means to you. The city of Winter Springs does a fantastic job creating community in these events. It’s eerily organized in everything from the parking in’s and out’s to the program they have set up.
So why post the initial quote about existence? That’s up to you to figure out, but for me it’s readily found in small moments that I do my best to enjoy fully. Letting my imagination have a little fun and being okay with it. That’s gotta count for something.
To search for other events, click….City of Winter Springs Special Events
To see what other offerings the park has, click…Central Winds Park Website
Entrance and parking were free
Security check at entrance, small coolers, chairs, mats, etc. permitted