Despite the cold and rainy weather, dozens of San Antonians had a fab time at CultureMap and Frost Bank's pop-up at the recent Confucius Wishing Lantern event, held along the River Walk and at Hemisfair Park.
Themed "Call Me Optimistic," the event — set up at one of the lantern-selling stations — included two giant boards where participants and passersby were encouraged to jot down what brings them joy. The CultureMap and Frost street team were on hand with tablets so people could take the new optimism quiz, which results in a personalized optimism guide, complete with tips on how to maintain a glass-half-full outlook.
Even with a constant drizzle happening, those who paused were more than happy to take a moment and reflect on the good things in their life. The lantern experience is all about setting new intentions for the year ahead, as well as lighting lanterns for loved ones, so it only felt natural to acknowledge these happy thoughts.
One couple talked about how they each try to make their partner be more optimistic, and how being together brings joy to their family. A young woman who had been having a difficult year said she was very optimistic about things turning around and getting better and was ready to be back on her feet with happiness.
Responses on the Call Me Optimistic boards ranged from "when I wake up and it's sunny" to "when I see my children reach their goals," and most of the event's participants ventured forth into the rain with Frost Bank journals so they could record their happy thoughts going forward.
This feel-good visit, captured on video by WingedSun Productions, was the first of the 2019 pop-ups that are helping San Antonians be more optimistic and spread positivity.
CultureMap and Frost Bank will be hosting more of these pop-up events throughout the year, surprising and delighting folks all over Texas. Want to know where we might show up next? Sign up for our emails and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for hints about our next stop.