The Gift

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The Gift

Postby Yellfire! » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:51 pm

Written by my wife NicePeace.





I am not sure when it was that I had first heard about Burning Man. I also didnt know anyone that had actually gone to the event. So I never knew what there was to love about it or hate about it. I knew it was an interesting experience that one of these days would be something I would plan.

Wow. Burning Man is one of the best things that I have ever done. Our excitement to go was pure and childlike. As the time approached I was anxious to go "home" although I wasnt sure if call it home was for me. Burners call the Playa "home" and well, I was open to the discovery that it possibly wasnt for me.

You see, I dont like crowds. There were over 50,000 people that were supposed to attend. What if all those idiots were hell raisers?

I dont like drunks. I heard it is a constant party.

People must like fire and things blowing up. That is usually a rowdy crowd. I am not into that scene at all. I am very chill.

So Monday, arrival day, I was giddy. Oh my. I couldn't wait to get out into the place. What was this Burning Man home thingy feeling that all the people talked about? What the fuck was the big deal? Holy my Jesus, this was not an easy trip to take. The principles of BM are to be totally self-reliant. Pack it in pack it out.

Fine. But an 18 hour drive there and no exchange of money and all these party people and dirt and stuff... what will we do there?

People. You can say all day long that you have absolutely no interest in BM. Camping, dust, heat, cold, wind, fire, crowds, driving.... blah blah blah it isnt your thing.

I will tell you this. It is your thing. If you opened your mind and your heart, if you let go of all judgment, it if let life unfold, if you lived in the very moment of now. You would love it. Not just for 7 days straight. Nah. You dont want to leave. You want to stay. Because it is home. There is no place like it. I got it and I get it.

You will never meet more amazing people, the people are there for you to have an experience. The people LIVE to give you a good time. This place is the way we all want to live. It is a gift. Our playa home neighbors talked more to us then the neighbors we lived by for over three years. We shared drinks and coffee and deep soul moments. We laughed and loved and hugged total strangers.

I feel my mind has always been open. But BM opened my heart. Wide open. I am a little more patient now and a lot more tolerant. I fucking loved every moment of the experience, the sounds, the lights, the sights, the love, the gift of home.

Until Burning Man is here again, I will practice what I forgot I knew. Home is what you make it. Home is a gift.


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Re: The Gift

Postby trilobyte » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:55 pm

Very well said, tell NicePeace I said thanks for sharing :)
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Re: The Gift

Postby Drawingablank » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:03 pm

Very nice and well written.
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Re: The Gift

Postby mgb327 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:31 pm

Brought a tear...my experience was so similar. I long to be back Home, as I have learned you can't unring the bell.
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Re: The Gift

Postby Sham » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:18 pm

Very nicely put. This place is something you have to experience first hand. You seemed to have nailed it, however.
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Re: The Gift

Postby jkisha » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:37 pm

Nice.
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Re: The Gift

Postby maryanimal » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:52 pm

Absolutely beautiful!
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Re: The Gift

Postby JayBobBoy » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:41 pm

Goddamn I'm fired up now!!!!!!!

Thank you that was great!
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Re: The Gift

Postby delle » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:49 pm

Yellfire! quoting NicePeace wrote:
Until Burning Man is here again, I will practice what I forgot I knew. Home is what you make it. Home is a gift.


I needed this today. Thank You! :D
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Re: The Gift

Postby Yellfire! » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:07 pm

mgb327 wrote:Brought a tear...my experience was so similar. I long to be back Home, as I have learned you can't unring the bell.



It brings a tear to my eye every time I read it. Home Is where I want to be and I cant imagine my life with out it. Or without her.

And thanks to all who read it and said positive things. She really appreciates it.
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Re: The Gift

Postby Sassy Britches » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:07 pm

Thank you Nice Peace, your beautiful words spoke for me as well.
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Re: The Gift

Postby JesseGrrl2009 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:03 am

I've had similar worries, this just makes me long to be there even more! :D
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Re: The Gift

Postby NicePeaceofBuddhy » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:32 am

I hope to always be a part of burning man.

Thank you for all your compliments. Once you go it is hard not to relate to the magic and lure of the people that make BM so special.
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Re: The Gift

Postby Yellfire! » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:04 pm

Its all about the art! Nicepeace.
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Re: The Gift

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:12 pm

i can see why you call her Nice Piece.
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Re: The Gift

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:46 pm

Old school sexist...
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Re: The Gift

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:04 pm

i like to think of myself as a post modern archie bunker with really good hair.
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Re: The Gift

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:30 pm

*looks for armchair*
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