Hi everyone! Semi-frequent lurker, first-time poster here! I understand the topic of camping alone has come up quite frequently already, but.. yeah, I just wanted to make my own to seek advice about my predicament. I do what I want. (kinda.)
Anyways, this year would be my third year going home to the playa, and I'm having apprehensive decisions about going. To save time and whining, here's the background story:
1. I just graduated from college, and I'm taking a year off before grad school. I'm planning on moving to Australia for 9 months in October, which is quite an undertaking and quite a bit of money. Did I mention that my $9/hr paychecks kind of suck? Going to the burn is possible if I put my mind and heart into wanting to go, so I'm not too worried about the ability to make it happen. Oh, and I still need to get a ticket.
2. My ex (whom I'm still friends with, and we shared our first burn together) is going with a group of his friends who I'm friends with too. I'm hesitant towards camping with them- last year my burn was absolutely ruined by the volatile fresh post-break up nature between the two of us. We're cool now, I just don't want to risk (a) my burn, again, and (b) the current good standing of our friendship by regressing back to last year's burn. So.. camping with them is an option, but not really.
3. I have a group of semi-good friends going. They said I can camp with them, but basically we're all doing our own thing and essentially I'm on my own.
The thing is.. when I'm by myself, I get pretty shy. I don't feel too comfortable about going up to a random person and starting a conversation. In my past 2 years, I haven't had a whole lot of people striking up conversations with me (understandably maybe it was cos I was with friends or in a shitty disposition due to #2). I really don't want to be alone the whole time, and it's putting my decision to go completely up in the air. I know if I don't go I'll regret it, but I also don't want to spend a whole bunch of money that could go to my move to Oz if I didn't have a really good time. I also have a feeling if I don't go, it'll make it easier not to go in the future unless I find my OWN group of people to go with.
Oh, and details. I'm a 23 year old female. I'm friendly and outgoing when I'm comfortable, but introverted when I'm not and then just like to observe. I love dressing up and costumes every day and night, I love LOVE being out by the art, and the one thing that's making me REALLY stoked to go this year is the new DSLR camera I got- I'm SO excited about the pictures I'll be able to take!!
Apologies for the rambling, as I'm having a hard time getting my own thoughts straight. Thoughts, feelings, advice, ideas? :shock: