As important as costumes & personal expression is, it is important to remember that we are all responsible for BUILDING this city, too.
Anything wonderful – Sex, Drugs, even a cool spritz of water – can be HORRIBLE without Consent.
“Should I bring my kids to Burning Man?”
I would like to propose that if you are asking the question, then the answer is “No.”
A response to an email question about Playa Shyness:
“I’m heading home for my third burn this year and I am wondering what advice you’d give me… I don’t know if shy is the right word but it’s the word I’m going to use. I’m shy. And one of the ways this affects me in BRC is that I don’t feel like walking into camps. Even camps I know are there for everyone, I just feel like I’m an outsider, or like I don’t belong or am intruding on everyone’s happy time together. So let’s say I came by Pink Heart and saw you and wanted to come over and say hi. I’d feel like I would be interrupting whatever conversation you were having or I’d stand there awkwardly not wanting to bother you but wanting to say hi and I just don’t know how to not feel like I’m bothering people or like I’m a random stranger and not one of them. Or even just going in to the camp and… just hanging out or flopping on a couch or whatnot. It all feels so… I’m not sure. Like I shouldn’t because I’m not part of something/the camp/the friendships.
A (rambling) Playa story about how to deal with challenges at Burning Man