Burning Man - A Week of Radical Self Expression
'Burning Man is an Adult Playland',
a 29-Hour a day party for a week; A Globally Charged Community in the desert
of Northern Nevada.
'You can vacation in say Jamaica and see things that millions have seen
before you and millions will see after you...Or you can trek yourself & stuff to
BRC and see things that will only be available for one week to see'
Here is an interesting look
back at what Burning Man has meant to me and the lessons I have learned each
2000 > 2001 >
2005 > 2006
> 2007 >
2009 > 2010
> 2011 > 2012
> 2013 > 2014
> 2015 >
2017 > 2018
2003 as PolyParadise joined Shangri-La Village my
lessons were going to be about Expectation. What it is I expect from
myself as well as what I expect from others. I was severely let down by
some of the Village elders as they dropped the ball on some of the
things they promised to take care of Pre-Playa...I as well had several
similar experiences...I had had an awesome Pre-Playa correspondence with
a women about everything under the sun...I spent the ENTIRE week trying
to hook up with her and was unable to find her...On Friday night I caught a
glimpse of her at the Western Regional Talent show and went and
introduced myself and I got about 3.7 seconds of acknowledgement from
her and then she was Exit Stage Left...A few months later I began to
analyze what had happened and how was it I felt so let down...I came to
understand a bit more about the BM Mantra...'Have NO Expectation'...I
had thought that referred to only the Playa and BM in general, I became
aware that it applies to people as well...I also began to understand and
shed some of my own issues about 'Only' working or interacting with
people for some type of GAIN, instead of just enjoying the experience or
interaction, no matter how brief...
Burning Man & the Playa have allowed me to understand
what Community really is and what it takes in effort to build such
Community. It has shown me that there are persons all over the globe
that have the same ideals, thoughts, dreams as I do and to be able to
come to a place like BM to be able to share them together has been one
inspiration after another. What lessons and growth opportunities await
me this year have me on the edge of my seat...
Without fail, as I drive down the last miles towards
Gerlach, I get butterflies in my stomach...wondering in anticipation
what this year will teach me.
What I have NEVER been able to do is predict what I
needed to learn...
did you learn from Burning Man & the Playa in 2003?