Burningman has Changed Me...

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Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 29, 2012 5:48 pm

Finish the sentence. This might be an "Open Discussion" topic, because I perfectly well accept things like "Because now I am suspicious of the practices of any institution that uses a lot of volunteer labor" and "Because now I carry baby wipes where ever I go" as much (or more) as "Because I met my soul mate at Jiffy Lube."

I prefer actual things, but I know that this thread will have drifted by the time there have been five posts.
(If it gets that far...)
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby junglesmacks » Tue May 29, 2012 5:59 pm

..because now Viking helmets aren't just for breakfast anymore.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby moonrise » Tue May 29, 2012 6:07 pm

and: "It feels so good" (just ask James Brown, ooh yeah)

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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Drawingablank » Tue May 29, 2012 6:15 pm

Because I no longer leave the house without an altoids tin.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby trilobyte » Tue May 29, 2012 6:26 pm

I think it fits here, since it's the experience of Burning Man that's been the agent of change, so to speak. Of course things get dodgy if/when those who haven't actually been yet start chiming in, but it's still the idea of Burning Man behind it.

Responding to your question, for me it was more an affirmation of ideas and beliefs than it was something that changed me. But sketching out a before & after picture, here's what I come up with. Before, I used to work a corporate job - after, not so much. Before, I spent a lot of leisure time as a passive spectator (lots of tv watching, movie-going), now I still enjoy those things on occasion, but leisure time now involves doing/making/designing things. Before, I used to always wear a watch. I took it off as we approached BRC in 2004, and haven't worn one since. I've got some camp symbols tattooed on me as well (and planning to get another soon), I suppose that's additional change.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 29, 2012 6:35 pm

Well, tattoos and scarification do go with rites of passage. (Not the theme)
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby shroom » Wed May 30, 2012 7:30 am

.......it's now ok to leave the phone and email alone for 24 hours or more. Nothing bad will happen!
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Sail Man » Wed May 30, 2012 4:17 pm

because I now know one place where I fit in.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby mgb327 » Wed May 30, 2012 6:53 pm

by showing me that the curtain that obscures the window into the spiritual world can be opened. The energy at the Temple last year was undeniable.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby gaminwench » Thu May 31, 2012 12:12 am

... I carry a goblet wherever I go...
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Dr Helix » Thu May 31, 2012 9:07 am

...because I found out what being in love is supposed to feel like. And it feels wonderful.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu May 31, 2012 9:12 am

i used to have a Job and wore $1000 Hickey-Freeman Suits.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby pink » Thu May 31, 2012 1:15 pm

...I'm no longer self-conscious of my body or shy about being naked in public. The things I used to fear don't bother me anymore. I live more in today than in the past or future. And even in my work world I've gotten the attitude of 'I'm going to be myself, and if you can't deal with me, too fucking bad'. Did lose my job over that, but it was the best thing that could have happened!
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby illy dilly » Thu May 31, 2012 2:24 pm

... because it taught me that you don't have to know how to do something to get it done. You just have to be willing to try, and fail, and try again, and keep trying tell you figure it out.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby organizedchaos » Thu May 31, 2012 2:25 pm

because now I know to keep my fucking mouth shut when I find a good thing
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby mgb327 » Thu May 31, 2012 3:32 pm

organizedchaos wrote:because now I know to keep my fucking mouth shut when I find a good thing

So true, I have learned that lesson well.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Ano » Thu May 31, 2012 3:45 pm

because now I am happier than ever to be me. I felt alive for the first time one day in the middle of BRC, and since then, I haven't stopped breathing.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby pizzamancer » Thu May 31, 2012 10:56 pm

because pizza
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Sail Man » Thu May 31, 2012 11:00 pm

Ano wrote:I haven't stopped breathing.


Make's my job easier :wink:
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:30 am

when i lit myself on fire.

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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Foxfur » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:34 am

...because when I say "I want to play with fire!" all my friends say "Yay!" instead of checking their insurance policies.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby CaffeineGirl » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:30 am

....because now I hang out with Foxfur.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:00 am

I learned to not worry and enjoy being doomed.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby AntiM » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:40 am

... because I feel beautiful, in, out and sideways, and all my friends are beautiful.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:21 pm

because it made me imagine, again.


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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:32 pm

suddenly, i feel the urge to wear a cardigan sweater.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Elorrum » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:27 pm

I saw a little girl at an adult party last week, and she was just running around the outside of a small two bedroom house... shrieking, laughing, and getting the other kids to follow her. "It's chasing us!!!" She was having a ball, just doing rounders over and over around the outside of the house with other little kids trailing after her. I'm certain she wouldn't be able to imagine herself sitting for hours in a chair talking quietly. I was trying to remember that running fun, what it meant to just RUN around.

I thought, Burning Man is the closest I can get to that for now. It hasn't changed me, but I think it reverts me back to a more open and curious and entertained state. I can be myself and just have that sort of fun.
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby MyDearFriend » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:30 pm

I let go of my watch too, Trilo. 8)

I threw away most of my shoes and all of my pantyhose, because I am never going to pretend to be that person again. And my earrings never match, because I only ever need one P-38.

I have been scooped out or shaved thin or something. Burned like velvet? Hard to say. What's left are the real bits that do not give one fuck for social bullshit. Very liberating. 8)

And mgb327: Yes. Yes, indeed. Be amazed. 8)
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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby jella » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:36 pm

I had forgotten how to be..simply be. When your completly rejuvinated body and soul and being surrounded by people felling the same way.

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Re: Burningman has Changed Me...

Postby Foxfur » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:35 am

It has given me better insights towards humanity. Not in a woo-woo way but to see that everybody has the capacity for weirdness and absurdity.
Some of us just know how to display it with panache and aplomb.
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