trilobyte wrote:Actually you should come to the playa with that expectation. Plan your personal and camp stuff so that even if nobody else shows up, you're going to have a great time. Then if anybody else shows up (and they often do), bonus!
Right on! "Often" is a good enough chance for me!
I guess I am trying to express the weird amalgam of feelings and fears I'm going through as a first timer. I've got my stuff together and I've done enough field expeditions to know what I need to be comfortable in harsh environments for extended periods, so I'm not overly worried about logistics.
What's confusing me is the event itself. Look forward to one thing for so long - as with many people, I've followed the event for years, wanting to participate - and when you read "the man burns in 29 days," the phrase hits with an almost physical impact. It feels impossible not to have expectations. Hell, the whole idea of Burning Man seems ludicrous, impossible. A city of 60,000 people bound by fire and art and good will and mischief appearing out of the desert and disappearing into the desert? Too beautiful to be true.
So maybe the sudden fears that it's all a mirage are justifiable but I, for one, intend to show up. I will do everything in my power to add to the city and then to carry the city away. Keep Burning Man impossible.
When he lights his streetlamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life, or one flower.
When he puts out his lamp, he sends the flower, or the star, to sleep.
That is a beautiful occupation.
- Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry