- Expedition: Sep 14-19, 2014
- Venture Academy
- Yosemite National Park: Lyell Canyon
This is really giving me a chance to get away from everything and figure myself out. I realize a lot about myself everytime I get away from the world, which is why I don’t do it very often. Some of the things I learn really scare me.
I hope to be able to deal with people better. I’m usually very introverted and when people try to face me to talk, I snap. I can’t handle that. I prefer to speak on my own terms and I need to stop that. I can nourish others by not being rude and condescending. It’s another defense mechanism but people just think I’m mean. I need to work on that.
Wilderness is undisturbed and wild.
“I’m on top of the world,”
“I’m on top of the smallest amount of the world that’s within reach,”
People are funny that way.
But not funny--conceited.
We can reach the start of everything.
The clouds--are they not higher than me?
The stars--are they not higher still?
We have a funny--but not funny, conceited--way of perceiving greatness.
These mountains, this peak, will they not outlive the youngest of us all?
They are infinite.
They are eternal.
I, and you, and all of us--we are not.
We are temporary.
The power, the glory, that feeling of “We made it!” is but a moment.
We will go, and others will take our place, and others will take theirs, and this piece of earth will see it all. And that is greatness. That is power. That is a glory that we will never understand.
I want to be an ambassador for believing in yourself. Everyone should have that moment of victory; that feeling of “I made it.” I want to help people succeed at hard things. I want to help people overcome the things they thought they never would. Whether that be helping them ace a test or run a mile or get a performance part on the mock trial team, I want to be there. I want to see their victory moment.