Sometimes Dan Reynolds shares his thoughts with us in conversations. Sometimes in lyrics. Sometimes in photos. One of the most admirable things about Dan is his honesty. He has shared what it is like for him to be depressed, anxious, lonely, confused, sleepless, vulnerable, and misunderstood. Then there are the happy and triumphant times! "I'm waking up. I feel it in my bones." (Radioactive)
Tonight was most definitely a happy type of sleeplessness. It is going on 4AM in England where Imagine Dragons just played at Reading and Leeds music festivals. No wonder Dan can't sleep!

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Dan has also spoken about what it was like to play to empty rooms in the early days of Imagine Dragons. The countless people in the crowds this weekend were overwhelming even in pictures.

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This picture is extra special because Platzman took it from behind the drum set.

My wish for all of the members of the band is for them to never forget this night! To think of this concert with hearts forever overfilling with the love of the firebreathers all over the world. Hoping that all of the deep personal sacrifices the band has made to pursue their dreams and spread their unique music far and wide have made it all seem worthwhile. Thank you Imagine Dragons. You deserve all this love and more!❤️

Dan began his late night chat by sending a shout out to Twenty One Pilots who made their first appearance at Reading. Twenty One Piolots cut their set short after technical difficulty and some very rough handling by some festival goers.
From the Imagine Dragons account, Dan Tweeted, "my brevren @twentyonepilots @joshuadun @tylerrjoseph - you made a fabulous record and put on a damn good show. Merry Christmas Josh
xxdan."

The people in the fandom pretty much lost their minds and all demanded a collaboration :-)
But minutes later, Dan continued his speech on his personal account.

"My mind won't sleep because I had an ah-ha moment. This is a free write. Stream of consciousness. What is true freedom? Is it a place I'm going?

Will I ever reach it? No. It is now. This very moment. It is a choice I make. I hold the greatest power of all I my mind at this very moment.

The power to immediately be free of all things that hold me back. To the power to change all the great barriers that seemingly stand in front of me. They are merely just a creation of fear. They only seem daunting under the shadow of my mind.

I am chained to my own fears and lack of self confidence.

I am a victim of myself.

But if I truly grasp the meaning of love, it unlocks the gate that leads me to freedom.

And within that gate lies the truest form of beauty that life has to offer. No one cares about pop culture drama. No one seeks to be greater than their neighbor. No one seeks to attain status and monetary gain for purposes of compensation for lack of anything, because love.

Because love.

Because the purest form of love in one's mind and heart unlocks the truest sense of your soul. It enables you to become the giant you are.

The explosion of a human being that has been weak and crippled inside of you.
Afraid of everything and in constant worry about what is right and what is wrong. What will make you more popular. What will make you more likeable. What will make you feel less pain.

TRUE PURE LOVE lies within us all. If we look deep. It resides there. Waiting for us to let it take the wheel. Let it navigate the rough water.

Let it shine a light upon the world that surrounds you. The world that once seemed dull and filled with pain. You now see its complete beauty.

And when that love takes complete control, there within lies freedom. You wake every morning with a deep happiness just to BE ALIVE.

You aren't chasing the next high. The next thrill. The next purchase. You find utter brilliance in the subtly of life itself.

A conversation with a friend. The passing breeze on a warm day. The moon and it's warm color and peaceful solitude. You EXIST.

You see beauty in all mankind. You see no flaws. No scars. No colors. No status. You ONLY see your family. The world is all 1. We are 1.

Let us all be equally beautiful. Equally respected. Equally righted. Equally loved.

And find those crying in the darkness seeking that acceptance. And give them equality. Bring them to the gate of freedom.

My heart is full and I wish I could put it into words but I cannot. I don't even know if this stream of conscious practice will be of use to you? But I do hope that from miles away. Countries apart. Cities separating, you feel my bleeding heart tonight & know that I love you.

I AM ALIVE

Xxdr"

Then, fifteen minutes later, Dan joked with the front man of Eagles of Death metal. (Imagine Dragons covered I Love You All The Time in 2015.)
"Even more handsome in person @jesseEODM I love you all the time. Be well my friend
Xx"
Jesse on stage
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Sometimes reading between the lines is particularly painfull. Does this mean at times, Dan has felt unlovable? That he has in the past been the one crying in the darkness and seeking acceptance?
Perhaps so.
Perhaps also, Dan's love of music has provided the perfect medicine, the cure, the love from fans all over the world that has helped change how he sees his life! He now spreads love to heal others.
The Beatles are now running through my mind, "All you need is love. Love is all you need."

Thank you for the beautiful words. I have run out of words myself.
Sleep well Little Dragon.