We are not at Greenbelt this year – I suspect as I write many people are either heading home or just waiting for the headliner on Main Stage. We didn’t go last year as I really felt like I needed a year off and was a bit addled and thought I wouldn’t be able to cope with hippy earnestness, and this year I couldn’t go due to the imminence of my thesis deadline (which is why I’m here, of course!) plus the timing not working out for holidays at work. I’ve caught photos and status updates and comments about the festival in various places (facebook, twitter, flickr) and it looks amazing, and unlike last year where the break did me good, this year I’m finding I’m really missing it. I know over the year there have been various conversations, on the wibsite and elsewhere, on the politics and issues around GB, but to be honest I’m not really very interested in that. I don’t go to Greenbelt (or any other festival) to prove my Christian credentials or anything like that, or look down on others who don’t go (not that I’m suggesting anyone here does that!) – I just find it a place where I can chill, breathe, relax, meet amazing friends I don’t get to see at any (or many) other time, and more often than not get surprised by God in the midst of it all.
So I’m looking forward to reading people’s accounts once they’re back home. But I’ll be reading with a little twinge of sadness too that I wasn’t able to go this time.