Camping Adventures

August 11, 2017 – Journal

 

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” Β – Shanti

I always enjoy the adventure that is camping. To be fully absorbedΒ in nature – away from all the chaos and noise. Just at peace.

I spent the last week at an outdoors camp for my school called Elevation. This course is vigorous as it is tranquil. We stay in a canyon for a week, away from our regular lives and disconnected from the world.

To be completely honest, this past week was kind of difficult to get through.

On the first day, I was completely homesick. Nothing sounded better to me than going home to my family where I was most comfortable and happy. This was crazy to me! I’ve been to this summer camp three times already and not once had I found myself wishing it was over. And this wasn’t because I didn’t like the people or activities around me – I’ve just grown so accustomed to my family that time without them felt unnatural and extremely uncomfortable.

However, once I journaled about it and talked to some of my mentors, I felt more at ease and prepared for the week ahead; even though my body ached to go home.

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And the funny thing is that I did really enjoy my time there, just not as much as I expected to. I miss the activities and the people I hung around with and am grateful for the opportunity. But most importantly, I felt a change within me and it was overall extremely rewarding. I discovered that nothing is forever, and when you look back and remember the bad and the good, it just gives you a power and light to move on with.

 

Challenges like that are there for a reason, you know?

 

Some of my accomplishments include:

Rock climbing to the top for the first time – which was memorable because I’ve never made it up that far.

Successfully running a full mile – which is something I’ve been working on for this entire year.

Breaking down walls and creating new friendships – most of which surprised me.

Discovering what it is to be independent and to worry about myself and not the opinions of others.

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So many amazing things happened that are irreplaceable. While I am glad to be home, something inside me is still itching to go back, which I will, next summer. I learned that the same situations can still be challenging after so many completions. That doesn’t make me a weak or fragile person. Just human.

With peace and LOVE

xx – Devynne

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