Burner De/Merit Badge THat Thing In The Desert Ruined (or) Changed My Life



Here's a symbiotic pair of De/Merit Badges, TTiTD* CHANGED MY LIFE, and TTiTD RUINED MY LIFE

There's an old adage, and I wish I could remember who wrote it so I can attribute correctly, but in a Post Playa Decompression Guide that now lives on in the Burning Man sub reddit*, there's a line that reads, "Do not quit your job. Do not divorce your wife, husband, sister, dog, parakeet." Which over time has been shorthanded to simply, DON'T DIVORCE YOUR PARAKEET. 

The burn is a lot to process, a lot happens out there, some challenging, some fun, and a lot to consider. I like to think of it as 'peeling the banana' in which your tough skin is pealed back to reveal your tenderness, delicate flavor, and soft body, laid bare to everything coming at you all at once from all directions, easy to bruise, easily eaten.

When returning to, what we call, 'the default world', the mundanity of daily life can seem pointless, and simultaneously hopeful, maybe you're bursting with new exciting ideas and you're already making plans for next year. Cool, cool. 

The first RUINED version of this patch I made with a clown shoe to iconize the idea of running away to join the circus... or DPW, and never looking back at a "normal" life. Nothing wrong with this move, I was a circus performer for most of my adult life, (even before I went to Burning Man), if you've got room to maneuver pivoting to a better fitting place in society is a great idea. 

Sometimes you're the parakeet. Burning Man CHANGES you whether you like it or not. You've been broken up with, you've lost something major, like your housing or job. But hey maybe you've gained some significant insight, perhaps that relationship wouldn't have survived Burning Man or any other couples outting, maybe you've made a valuable networking connection that will launch something new and amazing, (I hear of this happening, it's never happens to me and I'm a god damned genius), maybe just maybe the burn kicks your ass in all the right ways!

* That Thing in The Desert
* https://www.reddit.com/r/BurningMan/comments/octgnj/the_arctic_monkeys_postplaya_decompression_guide/

Burner themed De/Merit Badges based on snarky inside jokes that have endured the test of time.

This is a great addition to any patch collection, especially your Burner De/Mertit Badge collection, see more here https://shop.qathihart.com/shop/40572962/do-you-even-burn-bruh

2.5" round

Everything in my shop is handmade to order by li'l ol' me in my home studio in Southern Oregon. There are some things that are easier to make in groups of 2 or more, so when someone orders one, I'll have leftovers giving me a small ready inventory, (the Burner De/Merit Badges for example). My shipping times have production times built in, however if I have it on hand, I'll ship asap. I don't actually have piles of inventory in stock =) the quantity available in each listing is there to give you an opportunity to order as many as you want.

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