Certainly, my oldest daughter text messaging, posts, and video shows. Yes, she is acutely cognizant of when it is “time” to freshen up the wardrobe with a few new pieces from the best and newest fashion trends. Yes, the girl often rolls her vision at my “weird” behaviors. And yes, friends are at the very best of her sharing list these days.
Using a palpable gratitude for all for the opportunities and lessons learned from her previous camp experiences, she began to promote her deeper thoughts on that subject and beyond. She shared that while camp is touted as a place to be fully and authentically yourself, create a sisterhood, increase a connection to nature, and explore your core because of contemplation and solitude, the time of it all is to arrive to understand that inner interconnection is available anywhere, anytime, and the most importantly in the NOW.
She even voiced that the songs about sisterhood, respect, and caring, many with a “free to be you” theme, seemed a bit funny to her now, showing that while appreciative with the sentiment, she hoped who her fellow campers felt free to be themselves over and above the activities in nature, public cabins, and family restaurants. In short, everywhere.
While we encouraged all of our kids to try overnight camp at least once, we have told her of the fact that decision to return is now 100 % up to her. As any discussion ensued, I had become almost mesmerized by her capacity to articulate the girl’s vantage point on the subject.
She given the assurance me that she hasn’t been “knocking” camp in any way and probably do choose to return, but in the event that she does go back designed for another year or some, it would not be for the reason that camp experience allows the girl’s to feel more authentic in any way. Her return may be based on the conscious, bottom (soul) choice to attend for the reason that she enJOYs the experience not really because it is a “safe” destination to be herself fully globally.
Yes, my son has her challenges, her snarky attitudes, her moments of self-doubt. Yes, the girl can sometimes be mean to the girl’s siblings, sassy to the girl’s parents, generally ornery. Yet nevertheless, underneath it all are ever-expanding and deep cracks of self-awareness, self-love and true consideration for others that will serve but not just her, but the world at large, quite well.
Indeed, a typical teenager in so many ways, Aside from underneath the North Face coat and the Ugg boots, at the rear of the gaggle of giddy girlfriends and the fluorescent computer screen, and even beyond our sexual family discussions and shared dinners, there lies a good self-awareness and interior blossom set stage that seems unfathomable for the child her age.
Possibly not what I experienced several years back (alright twenty-six many back to be exact) in the tender age of fourteen. Recently my daughter and I were discussing whether or not she would attend, once again, some three week all girls’ camp for the 6th summer in a row.
While some parents interest status, monetary reward and upward societal movement because of their children–none of which are bad per say–beyond those outer pursuits, my deepest heart’s desire for mine can be voiced most succinctly through Shakespeare, “To thine own home be true. ” EnLIGHTenment at its best.
We do not need to go someplace special or do something out of the ordinary to live our own truth. This means that, freedom to be comfortable in this own skin should not be saved for places that we take a look at three weeks a year. Self-Love can be cultivated in all techniques, always.
This lady went on to give the model of seeing quite undoubtedly that she doesn’t have to go anywhere specific (camp), do anything special (canoe) or be anything several (a camper) to look authentic, open, connected and free. While she unquestionably views camp as a true blessing, she knows that she is enough just as she is with or without camp to help you remind her of that intrinsic knowing.
I was truly mesmerised by her expression from deep wisdom that has applied many of us divorces, health maladies, and endless searches throughout different veins of the exterior world to figure out. What a dear girl was announcing through the example of summer season camp–one of any possible outer examples–probably resonates with most of us when looked at strongly.