In four days I leave for summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains, it's called Soul Camp. I haven't been to camp in over almost 30 years, I have done a lot of trainings, workshops and classes that have taken me in a camp-like setting in the past 20 years, I haven't actually gone to summer camp since the 1980s.
When my friends ask me what type of camp this is I explain what I know so far...it's a place were I get to do all my favorite activities: yoga, meditation, spiritual growth work, paddle boarding and meeting new people.
I also will be taking the 10 hour drive to camp by myself from Detroit, hopefully getting out of my head a bit along the way.
The past few days I've been thinking about my childhood camp experiences, which I look back fondly at, then I remembered my fear of not knowing anyone at this camp and taking this journey alone. I also remember that my parents sent me to summer camp by myself without knowing anyone my entire childhood and I lived, I thrived and I am still friends with some of those people today.
Not too bad I would say.
I'm excited about camp, new journeys and new friends. Excitement and fear have similar reactions to our bodies via our central nervous system, we only need to acknowledge that fact and then decipher which feeling is actually coming up for us.
Excitement is overwhelmingly winning over fear for me today.