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I’m feeling EXCITED! :) I’m going to Burning Man tomorrow!
Have you ever heard of it?
Basically, it’s a week long festival in the Nevada desert. Just under 60,000 people go to the middle of nowhere and build an entire city in a week.
At the end of the week, everyone has to take everything down (the rule is “leave no trace”).
People set up in camps and each camp brings something special (and random) to the event.
For example, one camp has a hair washing station. It gets wildly hot outside (up to 110 degrees during the day), so one camp will literally just give you scalp messages and wash your hair whenever you stop by.
Other camps do other things. Some people are rigging up a big movie screen and showing “Saturday morning cartoons” while serving cereal.
Others give the gift of their brain. I have really smart people like Bryan Franklin, Michael Ellsberg, Jena LaFlamme, Annie Lalla, and Eben Pagan in my camp. They’ll be giving free talks.
I haven’t been to a Burning Man yet but it seems SO intense. I’ve seen suggested packing lists that have 200+ items (for a week!). That’s because it’s super hot during the day (110-120 degrees) and then very cold at night (30 or 40 degrees), so you have to prepare for all conditions.
I’ve spent a crazy amount of both time and money to get ready to go so far. :) But I think it’ll be worth it.
So many of my friends have told me Burning Man has “restored their faith in humanity”. I haven’t lost my faith ;), but I do think I’ll get a massive recharge in creativity and clarity.
And one especially cool thing I’ve decided to do, in celebration of that, is “burn” my products.
See…one of the things I’ve heard many Burning Man participants do is burn their art. They let everything go and set it on fire, ready to start anew with a fresh new vision of themselves.
It seems VERY powerful… to just let everything go in faith of a bigger vision.
I’m doing the same thing.
I’ve been craving a reset. Every product I’ve created so far has been to the best of my ability upon creation.
And now, I feel ready to let things go.
For many of my own products (things not created with partners), I’ve decided to BURN them.
When I get back to my my computer in a week’s time, I’ll take the products off the market. Revamp them. Make them look nicer. Update them with the newest information. Get proud all over again. :)
So excited. :)