It is amazing how quickly you can forget.
No matter how many times you’ve been to this place you forget how vivid it is. When the sun is out, the greens are so green you could use them to paint with and the blues…oh the blues…they run deep.
The rain is heavy and the sun buzzes as it throws heaps of heat on your skin. The whites of your eyes are bright because when you rest here, you really truly rest. The kind of rest where your bones sleep.
Your brain and heart work together in unison because to become disjointed here would ruin its heavenly rhythm. When you find that pace you let yourself grow. You never leave the same person you came because this place heals you.
I learned recently that it’s okay to need things.
It’s okay to need time with friends, it’s ok to need time alone, it’s ok to need therapy.
And it’s ok to need a job that you love. I’m quickly approaching my 25th birthday and I’ve had many jobs. There have been jobs that I’ve hated, loved, and one that I could never live without.
Work it out
I’ve been apart of Camp Alleghany for the past twelve years, only missing one summer since I was 13. As I got older I would say, “THIS will be my last year. I need to have a ‘big girl’ job.” That thought was fleeting and I applied again every January without fail. This past summer was no different.
I was secure in my retail management position and was planning on staying in Chicago all summer. But, with no surprise, as I watched the calendar fall from June to July I started noticing my happiness sliding. I knew what I had to do.
I told my 2 jobs that I’d be leaving for a month and knew that I would loose my positions but that I needed to be somewhere. I called Camp Alleghany and they had two positions to fill. I took both and ran to camp in my white shirt and navy shorts kissing Chicago farewell.
Sacrifice and bliss
I spent that month in bliss.
I listened to my heart beat gain strength and let my body and soul heal after a very difficult winter and spring. I was able to mourn the loss of a family member and remember that I can sing. I also made the realization that I need Camp Alleghany.
I need the laughter, the sincere friendships, and I need to give back to the place that saves my life year after year. I’m proud to say that I now work full time for my favorite place on earth.
If you’ve experienced this place, you know how special it is. If you haven’t please know that there is room for you here. This place changes lives. It changed mine at age 13 and continues to do so day after day. I need Camp Alleghany. And I am totally ok with that.
Blue Born. Blue Bred.
All My ‘Ghany Love,
–Cate Wilcox, alum, Staff