Sunday, November 2, 2014
So it is that time of year again and this time I'm participating in it. Of course I am talking about NaNoWriMo, where you write everyday for a month and in the original program you finish a novel. I'm doing an adaptation where I write a blog post everyday. I'm hoping to get out of this experiment is new habit of writing and to get excited about blogging again. I want to be a producer not a passive spectator. I've been learning lately the joy of participating and how becoming vulnerable with the risk of looking foolish is helping me grow and feel alive and cultivate better relationships with people. For example, I went to Burning Man for the second time this year. My first time was fun, but it didn't feel life changing, I hid in my shell of shyness because it was so overwhelming with stimuli and genuineness. This second time, I focused on relationships. It started with getting to know a couple of guys pre-burn by building yurts, that would be our homes for the week. Also I volunteered to head the snow cones gifting for the camp. It was logistically complex, but starting before the burn connecting with people. At the burn, I wanted to sit down with people and get to know them more than going to events in the booklet. I helped people were I could and one day early in the week my bike chain kept on coming off and a guy stopped and asked if he could flip over my bike and in 2 seconds it was fixed. I worked on accepting people's generosity. It's hard for me to accept people's good intentions. I'm always skeptical, but at the burn I have to open up and understand people want to help and share with nothing in return. It is a weird economy. But it opens one up for epic experiences and friends that you will know deeper than those you've known for a lifetime. It's all about participating and stretching yourself to find your new boundaries. I'm excited to start this journey with you, my reader. And if you want to get on the bandwagon you can join here, if you want to be official about it.