My future self
When I was younger, I used to wonder about my future self a lot. What I’d be like, what I’d be up to, how I’d be. I remember sitting down once and making a list of goals, things I wanted to accomplish by the age of 21. Some were trivial like travel to a new country or go bungee jumping or sing on a stage. But some of the more important ones were things such as have friends from all over the world, gain confidence in myself, and know that I have a sisterhood that I could count on, partially because the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie has just come out. When I was younger, I was worried I would grow up too fast. I was terrified at the thought of getting a job I hated, becoming too preoccupied with money, losing my deep passions of tie dye, cookie dough, dancing, and blueberry picking. I hoped the world wouldn’t harden my spirit, that I’d still celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday every year, and that I’d still have a few close friends from my childhood I still held very close to my heart, never losing sight of what’s most important.
Before camp this summer, I re-visited this list, and on the Farmhouse porch the other day, I came to the conclusion that, surprisingly, I am happy to report that almost everything on my list has come true. And honestly, if it weren’t for camp, I know I wouldn’t be able to say the same. Fleur de Lis has savored my childhood, given me the Neverland I always wanted. For a good part of my childhood, The Bridge to Terabithia was my favorite book. It’s funny to me that at the same time I was so worried about my future self being such a good person, the fantasy world I repeatedly read about is very similar to this magical place around us that has ended up capturing my heart. My very own Terabithia, an oasis only certain people know about that every time I returned to it, I am reminded of how amazing life and people truly are.
The password for today is:
“Open your eyes,” Leslie said “Can you believe how beautiful it all is?”
-Lady Katherine Collier