In college, I had back to back “Hell Weeks,” one as a freshman on the national champion water polo team and one as a pledge in my fraternity. A week felt like a year. Well, this year felt like a decade.
Award-winning musician Michael Franti has been my friend for more than three decades since he showed up as an aspiring singer at my first hotel, The Phoenix. Years later, he and his wife Sara got married in the courtyard of this funky rock ‘n roll hotel.
And, in this Instagram video, Michael talks about the phoenix rising from its ashes as he and his Balinese friends plan a burn for New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for a unique way to say goodbye to this “hell year,” you might join Michael in this video ritual.
How will you ritualize the end of this year and the start of something new?