Rachelina Peppertina (peppermintspice) wrote in burning_man,
Rachelina Peppertina
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Hopefully someone will understand this. . . I am having problems coping with Burning Man. I'm a virgin oft mistaken for a non-virgin. While I know BRC is like nothing I've ever seen before, I have had vaguely similar sensory-overload ego-destruction experiences at other types of gatherings, so I feel I am more prepared than most virgins. Or perhaps it makes me less prepared, I don't know.

I am scared. The totality of Burning Man overwhelms me. You know the Vault of Heaven newsletter sent out to all ticketed Burners? It's still in my mailbox, because every time I try to take it out and look at it, I start to shake and freak out. Too many people, too many things to do. . . sensory overload to the max, and I don't know how to cope, and I'm not even there yet. At this point I feel like I'm forcing myself to go so I don't have to tell the story about how I chickened out of my first year.

How did you cope with your first year on the playa? How do you deal with knowing that you will experience so f%#@ing much, and yet it will only be a fraction of what there is to experience? How do you handle the sensory overload without just. . . freaking out? I need some perspective.
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