Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Burning Man

My life to date has, at least in part, been driven by a fear that I'll reach old age having left something undone. The result is that I'm always on the lookout for the next new experience, the more extreme the better, for which the window of opportunity might be closing. Whether I think I'll actually like a given experience is at best a secondary concern.

In point of fact, I actually had a list that I'd generated from talking to people in various alternative cultures, from reading reviews of various annual festivals, from studying what unique offerings there are in each of this country's largest cities, and from learning about all the various outdoor activities popular right now. My 2008 solo bicycle ride across the country was an example of something on that list, as was attending the Rainbow Gathering, as was driving through Yellowstone National park, as was visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as was seeing a live performance by the New York Philharmonic.

The very last thing on this list was Burning Man, which I just returned from.

I suppose the virtue of having generated this list so systematically, and of having saved Burning Man for last, is that I can now say with confidence that not only was attending Burning Man the most remarkable experience I've had in my life so far, but barring the creation of something even more ambitious may just be the most remarkable experience I'll ever have.

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