My first (and last) Burning Man.
I rode a dragon turtle through a desert maze of fire, neon, dust and 60,000 wild souls.
The above is a true statement - it really happened to me while at Burning Man. It wasn’t a childhood dream...but it certainly felt like it. Burning Man had many magical moments for me. Moments that really lifted my spirit, grounded and inspired me. Even though the experience was nothing short of amazing, I doubt I’ll be back.
Burning Man is a lot of work, expensive and takes a serious commitment to really enjoy it. I received what I came for from Burning Man and I’m look forward to attending similar events.
Before going into this week long event I had already decided that this would be a great opportunity to start my 60-day challenge (more on this later). That Burning Man would simply be a stop on this journey of strengthening my mind, body and spirit. Part of my 60-day challenge was detoxing - eating clean. God has a funny sense of humor...of course our camp was next door to a camp that gave away 10 tons of gourmet ice cream all week! Fml. Besides the ice cream, I did very well.
This new space gave me the chance to rethink myself. What I found at Burning Man was a place of radical expression and connection. What I realized, is that unlike some people - I’m very fortunate that I’m able to do this every day. That I’m truly free.
I don’t have a 9-5 job, a family that depends on me or major commitments that prevent me from doing what I want to do. I have freedom to create, express myself, and connect with others…which is easy in a City like New York.
Burning Man reconfirmed in a big way my life intentions of living in love, health and adventure. So “thank you” Burning Man. Thank you to all the hard working and dedicated people who make it happen each year and thank you to all those that made it happen for me this year. I’ll remember this experience and the amazing people I met for a very long time.
Lesson: We are connected with everything and everyone - you can really get that sense here. Come with an open mind and open heart but don’t take anything too literal…because once your off the playa most people seem to revert back to their less than loving and expressing selves. Pick up the hitchhikers on the way out…they are headed to the same place as you (Reno) and wait for hours sometime - so sad.