No Burning Man Needed

Burning Man is coming to a close after wet and wild week.  Burning Man is an event where people build a city of mystery, radical self-expression, experiential art, community participation, freedom, and more for a week every year in the desert of Nevada.  It is really remarkable.  You can get a little taste of it from Todd’s Surreal Cycling video here.

I first wanted to go to Burning Man 15 plus years ago.  Burning Man called to me, especially the parts of me I was suffocating.  The parts of me I didn’t want others to see, or even see myself.  Burning Man felt like a place I could be anything I wanted, and yearned, to be.

The idea of it terrified me so much that it wasn’t until 5 years ago that I actually made it to Burning Man.  When I did, it was NOT what I expected.  I expected to find parts of me that I had been hiding in my “real” life.  I expected to leave there with insights I could never touch in my “real” life.  I expected to let go and be wild and free!

None of that happened.  None of that happened because in the time I first dreamed of going to Burning Man, I have been doing the transformational work in my “real” life so I didn’t need a week to escape from reality.  Instead, I found that I have created a reality that is in line with who I am and how I want to live.  So much so, that it can make people uncomfortable. 

I hear the discomfort in the way they say things to me like “oh, you are going on another trip” or “do you ever work?”.  Underneath their words are judgments.  Underneath the judgements are fears.  My living my best life can confront others, especially if they know they are not living their best life.

Maybe my stories stir something up in you too.  I hope they do.  I hope they touch a part of you that still needs to be discovered, a part of you that longs to be seen and set free.  I hope your “real” life starts to be just like Burning Man where you can be anything and everything you want to be!!!

And, if I can help you get there in any way, just let me know.  I am here to help you remember how shucktacular you are!!!

P.S. Even if you don’t need to escape to Burning Man, I still recommend it to experience the creativity and connection of this magical world!!!