By now, even if you have an AOL email address, you have seen photos and videos of Burning Man – alien art cars with looming tentacles, Robot Heart sunrise sets, something uh … burning. Say what you will about it, there is no denying the creativity and ingenuity that pours into erecting this spontaneous society – and fully functioning city – in the middle of the desert.
Something no camera will capture is how absolutely vast that desert is. Does it get any more tabla rasa than Burning Man, man? Here you go, step into this nothingness and invent the week you want to have. Are you sensing a little metaphor for life here? We did.
Want to dance your ass off on a moving dragon? Build it. Be a fairy godmother princess of society? Manifest it with that furry/bouncy/crowny thing. Shrink into a giant meadow of flowers and just be? Go ahead, because someone made that for you.
There’s a Brian Andreas quote from Story People that embodies this feeling:
“Don't you hear it? She asked & I shook my head no & then she started to dance & suddenly there was music everywhere & it went on for a very long time & when I finally found words all I could say was thank you. ”
That’s what we’re taking back with us from Black Rock to New York City – every day you have the power to create yourself. No one is going to do that for you. So while you’re at it, be bold. You don’t have to wear plain socks.