It was almost 10 years ago, and for most people, the impact of a decision made 10 years ago would have faded by now, but that’s not the case for me.
I was a bit nervous, I’m not going to lie. I was traveling to a different country to live and work with people from a range of backgrounds. I would be surrounded by people 24/7, for three months. Not only that, but I was going to be working with kids too, and I was expected to give them an incredible summer experience! How would that even be possible, if I’d never been to camp as a kid? I didn’t know what I was doing. What was I thinking?
I could have let my hesitations and fears take over at this point. I could have decided to stop right there and stay home for the summer. I could have worked at a fast food joint or at landscape company. You know what, I could have just stayed in my comfort zone and been happy as can be…
But then I wouldn’t have had the summer experience of a lifetime. I wouldn’t have gained new life-long friends or learned so many life skills that I still use to this day. I wouldn’t have positively impacted hundreds of kids and been a part of memories they still think about 10 years later. I wouldn’t have changed the lives of so many others, as well as my own.
Going to camp significantly impacted me, to this day. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s a simple as that.