where most people dont get to go
and talk to people that most people arent able to talk to
and afterwards you tell your brothers and sisters what you saw and learned.
i find it ironic that many of my friends who are (or were) professional journalists
don’t readily blog or do their role despite the fact that they travel and talk with some of the coolest people in the world.
fortunately katie bain is the exception to the rule. the other day she went into the woods and listened to that music the kids are all koo koo about and when it was over she omg came home and wrote it down.
here’s an excerpt:
The concept at this camp is simple and completely fucking genius. You arrive, take off all of your clothes, get inside a huge shower with a bunch of other people, get wet under the shower heads and then get sprayed with soap hoses by people standing above you on an elevated platform. You then dance around in the shower while accidentally (or not, I suppose) sliding up against the other naked soapy bodies around you. Then the people on the platform spray you down with a hose. When you are sufficiently rinsed, you leave the shower and move to the adjacent dance floor, where there is a DJ and an area to brush your teeth, slather yourself in lotion and drink cans of yerba mate while drying off in the sun.
now you may not think that your lives are as exciting or as interesting as that, but im here to tell you you couldnt be wronger.
there are subtleties about your life that are just as beautiful and insightful as anything dr. thompson or ee or ms bain has ever jotted down.
and you’d be lying if you said there was no drama or breakthroughs or surprises that, after the end of the day, you didnt say omg i really need to tell my friend about that.
we are that friend. and no one can tell it better than you.
for once in your life ignore that annoying voice in your head that says your stories dont matter or the world will implode if you typed it up or blah blah friggin blah.
it is the role of a journalist to tell their brothers and sisters what theyve seen and the catch is, we are all journalists.