Tomorrow I’m leaving for summer camp! Practically no electronics for one entire week-nothing I can’t do. After all…I only spend about half the day on the computer, maybe more, you know, totally average 😛 I think the greatest challenge will be to give up music for a week. We sing a lot there-and I love camp songs, but I will definitely miss my professionally recorded music.
This year, I have a camp resolution! Yes, I know, technically that is not a thing, but I don’t care. I just made it a thing. So, every year, I have a tendency to complain about certain…aspects…of the camping experience I don’t like. And I have decided that this year, I want to follow the advice I’ve given to others-there are downsides and upsides to every point in life, and you may as well enjoy the upsides instead of focusing on the downsides! I am going to start by listing the some of the aspects I do not like about my camp and then talking about the upsides of them. Here we go!
1) Mission Impossible
Every year, the campers in one section of camp are woken in the middle of the night to run around in the dark, dodge and bribe guards, and wade through a creek to get their flag and return to the bell tower before the other cabins in their section. The upsides are as follows: A) Many of my friends like it, B) it is a competition, and once I really get into competitions I sometimes get excited, and C) we get to jump in the warm pool afterwards.
2) Being without (a lot-not all) technology
I like my music, my laptop, and my TV. A lot. And it will be hard to go without them. Especially my music. (One year my mom sent me ipod erasers to congratulate me on going that long without my ipod. I also generally listen to as many songs I love as I can get before I leave, so that I might have them stuck in my head) Here, however, are the upsides: A) Getting away from all those distractions, and even just because it is such a change of scenery, makes people more willing to talk to each other face-to-face, B) it helps me to focus more on God and what he has for me to learn, and C) it gets me to read and write more! 😀
3) Being away from family
I love my family, and I’m not fond of being away from them for long. Even just a week. This causes me to be a bit homesick. Here, however, are the upsides: A) I get to see some different viewpoints than what I’ve been taught in my family, which helps me to reevaluate what I think, B) sometimes, it’s easier to share with people you don’t know as well rather than the people who know you the best-at least, this has been my experience, and C) while I will leave my biological family behind, I will have another family waiting for me at camp, from my cabin mates who I’ve known for a long time, to the new recruits. And I look forward to spending a week with them. 🙂
Do you ever have trouble looking on the bright side? I think that there are times to express our sadness and discontent, but dwelling on it too much just ruins experiences for both yourself and the people around you. Feel free to comment on the topic below, just please keep it nice. Not that I have any reason to expect otherwise from you ^_^ Don’t forget to like and follow if you enjoyed this post. Thank you for your time!
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