I don't know if it's a good thing (because it's big enough already and maybe I shouldn't be telling people how awesome it is) or a bad thing (because people assume things about me when I mention it) but I get a little frustrated/offended when I talk to people about Burning Man and their first response is how it's a week long drug-fuelled orgy in the desert.
I mean, sure. There must be some people in a population of sixty THOUSAND who take drugs and have sex all day every day, but that's not what Burning Man is to me... or to, I'm sure, many many many of the other tens of thousands of people who go and/or try to go year after year.
To me, Burning Man is impossible to really describe, because there's so much to it. You can't possibly understand how massive it is until you've been, or how much there is to see until you've been, but that somehow sounds elitist. Like, oh, caviar? You'll only know how tasty it is when you're rich enough to taste it you little person...
So I'll just say this. To me, Burning Man is a chance to spend a week in a frigging gorgeous but inhospitable desert with tens of thousands of Scientists, Engineers, Artists, Dancers, Painters, Welders, kind, loving, soul-full strangers from all over the world who want the world to be the best possible version of itself that we can possibly imagine.
And to me, it's a time to stop worrying about work or stresses or what you're supposed to be doing and just be in the moment and witness the incredible genius and ingenuity and brilliance of humanity. And it's a time to try to be those things you want to be... less shy, less self-conscious, more forgiving, less judgemental, more open-hearted and to try things you never knew you wanted to try!
To call it a "drug-fuelled orgy" is so unfair and so untrue and kind of hurts my feelings.
But, you know, this is just my take on how I feel about the experience and the place. Your mileage may vary and although I'm a drug-free, monogamous person myself, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Burning Man being whatever you want it to be for you. It's just not fair to paint the entire thing with the same brush, I don't think.
And that's all I have to say about that.
*steps quietly down from mini soapbox*