I’m lost for words
Thankfully others aren’t
So Summercamp round 5 is done.
We’ve been moved by the outpouring of love and support after such an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend. After each camp I always want to write something to convey the feeling afterwards but struggle to share anything meaningful.
Luckily others have managed to do it better.
Of all the messages we read on our Facebook group afterwards this one from Nisha from New York hit home the impact of these events. One of the many that came on their own from the other side of the world to be part of this crazy ride with us.
This has been a tough year for us for many reasons but reading comments like this reminds us why we do this, and why it’s needed now more than ever.
We may be 5 years in, but we’ve only just got started…
“When I left Summercamp, I felt as if I was floating on a big cloud of warm fuzzies. My heart was filled to the brim and my mind was swirling with recaps of the amazing weekend I had just had with the even more amazing people. These feelings then carried me home as I then floated all the way back to NYC.
Now on day 2 post-Summercamp, the real impact has actually hit me. The first morning back to my routine, I walk out the door to head to work as I normally do. Same schedule, same route, same streets, same crazy L train. And yet, everything feels brand new. I feel brand new. I am not thinking of all the things I’m going to get done when I reach the office. I’m not thinking about the time, or all the unread emails in my inbox. I’m just walking with an overwhelming sense of purpose, looking at the once familiar people and streets through a new lens and wondering, “how can it be possible that I’ve changed so deeply? In just a weekend?”
For a moment, I feel a pang of guilt, because I feel I am keeping a deep secret. The secret of this beautiful place that exists far away across the ocean, where people’s hearts and minds are aligned, where we are all one family, where smiles and laughs are abundant, and where the only differences that matter are the ones that we can share with each other as gifts.
And now as I move forward, I carry your hearts in my heart, with the purpose of spreading this love and growing this tribe. Deepest of gratitude to all of you, everyone who helped to create last weekend, and Laurence and Carlos for dedicating themselves to this mission.”
If you’re thinking this all sounds a bit woo woo, or some cult. It isn’t, honest. As another camper Kevin said in his Medium write-up:
“It’s not a cult, though there is hugging and closing your eyes involved :)”
A huge thank you to everyone that made Summercamp 2017 possible. You know who you are.