Building up to Burning Man

I guess the idea to go to Burning Man was planted years ago when I had met some travelers who had been. They spoke about it like it was the Holy Grail or something and naturally I was curious. Different stories of extreme living and “out there” experiences peaked my interest. It sounded like some kind of forbidden fantasyland that couldn`t really exist.

Tens of thousand of people living in some makeshift city of art isolated from civilization in the middle of the desert. No commercialism, no buying or selling, no “man” to tell you what to do or when to do it. Just a bunch of freedom fighters, artsy fartsies, extremists, hippies, nudists, rebels with a cause out there to prove…to prove what? Maybe that we can get along without societal rules, that we can feed ourselves without the help of a clown, that entertainment can come without a remote, that that given the chance we would actually help each other, that acceptance and open mindedness may just be key to our development. Just maybe.

Well, I never took any of this seriously and dismissed any real ambition to find out. Until now. I suppose it didn`t take much when I really think about it. I seem to have cycles and I bet if I were to graph it, the pattern would be predictable. I had just started getting too routine and settled so it was time to shake things up a bit.

When Joanna sent me the one liner email I thought, why not? It happened to be the day before I left for Shambhala so I didn`t have much time to question or plan. That`s the way I like it. I remembered that a few friends were planning on driving down for their first “burn” and asked if I could join. The response was overwhelming and as if they were just waiting for me to come to my senses. I could have flown down and driven from San Francisco but this route would give me a chance to ease my way into it. After all, time is something I`ve got heaps of and then some.

Today I am grateful for new opportunities.

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