Confronted with the first seasonal change after a camp summer I find myself faced with some fierce realities. Most importantly: SUMMER IS OVER!? What on earth am I suppose to do!?
Another summer is behind us and a whole bunch of unknowns lay ahead.
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One of the things that I love about camp is the consistency. Sure, things happen that we’re not prepared for — such as the power going out for a week. Or, the National Guard crossing our river. But we handle those things with peace and class.
The consistency of the schedule, the laughter, the people, and the river, feed the soul. But when the summer ends, we’re all faced with a bundle of questions and obstacles.
For a lot of you, it’s all about, “What’s the next school year going to be like?”
If you play sports, you may be asking how your team is going to perform that year? If you’re an artist, you may be asking what direction you want take your art this year?
Some of you college girls are just starting out on a brand new adventure. While others of you are choosing what area of study you’ll be focusing on for the remainder of your time in school. And parents, you’re faced with all of these decisions for your kids as well as your own desires, longings, challenges, and options.
It all boils down to the fact that we’re all faced with plenty of change.
Ch-ch-ch-changes, turn, and face the strange
Change Creates Pressure. Change Creates Joy. Change Creates Stress. Change Creates Beauty.
For me, coming back from camp is very challenging.
Spending three months sleeping near a babbling creek is not the same as being woken up by helicopters and ambulances in the middle of the night. Moving from camp life to city life is very strange, indeed!
The thing I have to remember in this time of seasonal change is that I love both of my homes — I love my camp home and I love my Chicago home. Both make me who I am and both continue to make me better.
My eye on the prize
It’s not an easy time for me, Fall. It comes with a lot of confusion and stress. Thankfully camp has taught me some great life lessons. Keep your integrity, your diligence, your spirit high, and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. These lessons are not easily learned, but the result is always the same.
Trusting in the future is a risk that we all take.
We know that summer 2013 will come like all the others but how you choose to spend the next nine months is instrumental. These moments shape you, test you, and if you let them, help you grow.
Trusting that the unknown is not a scary monster but actually millions of gifts just waiting to be unwrapped, makes it easier. Some gifts are good, some you wish you could return but you can’t and so are forced to make them work somehow with your current lifestyle.
It’s not easy, but trusting in transition allows for the change to be beautiful.
I choose to trust in it. I will not refute it. I will not fight it. I will not try and control it.
Will I stress about it? Yes, from time to time — absolutely. But I vow to not let that stress control my life. My hope is that you will treat this seasonal change in a similar fashion. Trust in it. It will bring you great beautiful things.
Thanks for reading! Happy Fall
Cate Wilcox, Administrative Assistant, Camp Alleghany for Girls