I've been doing all sorts of odds and ends in preparing for the Burning Man adventure, decorating my Burner bike, figuring out food needs, shelter needs, reserving a van, figuring out where I'm camping and with who and all other sorts of stuff, while trying to unwind and be with the family up here in the most gorgeous Sierras.
This is particularly relevant to the next of the 10 Principles
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources. Radical Self-expression: Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
My most vivid memory of my childhood, was the time I was lost overnight in Yosemite.
I was only 6 years old.
That was the beginning of a post I wrote a while back. I wandered off because I was very independent, I survived through the night and then found hikers the next day because I was already Radically Self-reliant.
I have been radically self-reliant my entire life, possibly to a fault.
Initially I was going to camp on my own, in fact, I had thought it would be fun to be off in the walk-in camping area.
But then I thought about what Burning Man is and what would be important for me. And that is more about community building than being able to survive on my own.
So I found a camp, I put myself out there to help and to be or service rather than being overly "self-reliant".
Once again, I find myself agreeing with the principle but realizing my take on it is not the norm and being OK with that .
I like testing my limits.
I break myself down regularly to see if my tattoo that says "Never Give Up, Persevere" is relevant.
For me being "radically self-reliant" can be more normal than fitting in, getting along, etc.
So it is more radical for me to be in a group than fending for myself.
Oh what does that mean?