But I’m pretty excited for Burning Man this year, and this is why.
This is the time to jump around all excited at the mutations occurring in this petri dish of an experiment in community. It’s a moment in time – perhaps a paradigm shift of magnanimous porportions. I for one don’t want to miss seeing it in action, whether it rises like the Phoenix or crashes and burns in a blaze of glory, I want to BE THERE!
I believe change isn’t bad. We are a radical bunch. Sometimes that means there’s uncomfortable, radical change. So what if…
What if, dare I say it, this year is the BEST Burning Man ever? What if virgins and vets alike DO SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUS and dare I say it, perhaps different than what we expect?
I entered the Burning Man world in child-like wonder back in 1998 and choose not to deviate. I will continue to be curious and say “What if?” with a positive, open and grateful heart for the past experiences I have been graced to have had and for WHATEVER experiences await me. This isn’t Disneyland, it’s Burning Man. I’m quite excited at the prospect of having NO idea what to expect out there. Kinda reminds me of the good ole days. (People brought it and rocked it then too… even virgins…)
I’ve been torn over the past several years: I’ve loved the return of some well loved theme camps who’ve beautifully brought it bigger and better year after year (and respect all the hard work and detail they’ve done- drink!), but I’ve also wondered where the surprise of not knowing what to expect at all has gone. Has it been a fair trade? I remember my first years going, I didn’t know ANY of the theme camps because so many were new each year. Many theme camps came one year, blew it up big or made an amazing small splash and didn’t return the next year (or did something completely different under new names the next years, like my burn family did). That was a great Burning Man experience IMHO.
And dare I say something radical? What if only a small percent of established camps get tickets at all? Why is there an assumption that the other percent with tickets AREN’T going to bring something KICK ASS to the playa? How cynical are we veterans? And what if established camps had to band together, in classic barn raising style, (a great opp to build community! Drink again!) to create amazing camps not exactly like their previous iterations? I for one, am friends with several established camps and though I may not bring a theme camp this year, I am more than ready to lend a hand, a hammer and a hug to those who are bringing it.
And why is there some inference that amazing has to be BIG? I still remember Analog PAC Man camp. By far one of the most interactive, fun and creative theme camps of all time that was of a most nominal cost (a couple helmets, some black lights and balloons). We ran around wearing florescent biker helmets, popping glowing balloons with a push pin, people, and it was brilliant and AMAZING!
Apparently, I’m feeling a bit like Andy Rooney today. Sighing with love.
Ready to participate in whatever awaits me. And if your camp needs help or you have extra brain or brawn to help, pre-playa, on playa or after, consider joining Burn 2012 Barn Raising Facebook group and tell us what you need and what you can offer. Participate!