And while Camp Mighty is built around the life list, for me its significance is less about the specific items on the list and more about saying them out loud, sharing them, and discovering not only a community of people who want to help you, but how many ways you can help. It's about taking yourself seriously.
So here are two of the most important things I am remembering from Camp Mighty:
Our opinions of ourselves are not fact.
Maggie Mason's talk to open the festivities was full of wisdom, and like Sheri Silver of Donuts, Dresses & Dirt, I felt like she was talking directly to me. To tell the truth, I was really excited to finally be at Camp Mighty but I was also amazed that I'd actually decided to come. By the end of the first day, it was clear to me that I had been telling myself a story about being stuck, about not knowing what I want to do with my life, about not having something to say, about not being able to play on the same field with the true Camp Mighty-ites. These are women whose blogs I've been reading, whose photos I've admired, whose creativity has inspired me. And here I am sitting in the same room with them.
I got up early on Day 2 and wrote the following in my journal:
"I know a lot more and have a lot more to offer than I have been giving myself credit for. I'm ready to some stuff."
And when Ben Silbermann of Pinterest took the stage as the keynote speaker and told his story with charm and honesty, there were so many things to take away. The slide that brought tears to my eyes was simply this:
Making things can take a really long time.
I needed to hear this. I am a process girl by nature, all about checking in and appreciating where I am in the journey. But one of my fears is that I will miss the opportunity, that I will take too long, that family and friends will lose patience with me. You can waste a lot of time worrying about that. Time you just need to invest in making what you have to make.
|Makers Gonna Make - Jude Landry|
So I'm going to stop worrying about how long it takes. I'm just going to keep making and sharing and learning and connecting. And I am so grateful to Camp Mighty for expanding my tribe. Up next - how I ended up giving a crash course in Chaturanga Dandasana on the pool deck at 1 am.