Finding Magic

Recently, I had the pleasure of finding magic a Postmodern Jukebox concert at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. As a self-proclaimed lover of all things vintage, the concert was a perfect fit for my taste. The band’s modern twist on classic tunes had me swaying in my seat all night long. But, as much as I enjoyed the music, I found something even more special that night. 

As I was leaving the venue, I stumbled upon a hidden gem: a cool hallway with multi-colored bricks between the Atlanta Symphony Hall and its parking structure. It was like finding Willy Wonka’s secret tunnel, but without the Oompa Loompas. The original designer had arranged the bricks in a way that reminded me of the tunnel scene in the original Chocolate Factory movie with Gene Wilder. 

For those who haven’t seen the movie (I can’t imagine there are many), it follows a boy named Charlie Bucket who wins a golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. In one scene, the characters go through a tunnel made of colorful and psychedelic patterns. It’s a trippy and nostalgic moment that stuck with me since childhood. 

Finding this hallway felt like a time warp. The scene transported me back to my childhood, and for a moment, everything else faded away. It reminded me of the importance of seeking out new experiences and discovering hidden gems. These little moments can become treasured memories as we get older.

“New experiences are good for our emotional health. Trying new things gives us a hit of dopamine (feel good chemical) and makes us feel rewarded. Fear is often the biggest barrier to doing something new. To get around this, start small, make a plan and prioritize fun.” – Katherine Brooks

In a world where everything is instant and accessible, finding magic in the unexpected can be a rare treat. So, next time you’re at a concert or event, take a moment to explore your surroundings. You never know what kind of nostalgia-inducing hallway or secret tunnel you might discover. 

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