Saturday, November 24, 2012

Making Things Can Take a Really Long Time.

So Camp Mighty was a week ago. And there have already been so many wonderful memories and observations and learnings captured by some of the coolest women I've ever met - I can't wait to read more. Every day over the past week I've thought about my experience at Camp Mighty and what I want to say about it. But I've been slow to make the transition from brain and journal to blog. With each day that passed, I caught myself slipping back into old and less-than-useful thoughts about creativity, self-discipline and drive. Very un-mighty.

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.

5 comments:

  1. Madeleine Hogg11:32 AM

    "expanding my tribe" - exactly how I feel about the experience. Did anyone get a photo of the hot tub yoga?

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  2. Heh, that would be something to see wouldn't it!

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  3. Irita Valdez12:09 PM

    I've been reading Camp Mighty recaps and keep thinking "what she said!". I have yet to process my experience enough to put it into coherent sentences, but you've touched on similar themes.

    This is the only photo I've seen of the yoga-in-the-dark:
    https://twitter.com/SigHafstrom/status/270093877346705408/photo/1

    Disappointed that I missed it.

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  4. Kristina, I'm so glad you came! I wish we had chatted more. I have to tell you though, every time I caught a glimpse of you talking to someone, connecting, laughing, it made me feel so happy that I was able to give you just the littlest push to come. You so belong and yes, it totally takes way too long, but last year Camp Mighty was my first event, right after Pathfinders, and so much has happened since then. Just keep it up. Keep working on yourself. Make it a priority. You are worth it.

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    1. Thank you so much Leslie! I also wish we had had a chance to really sit down and talk. Guess we'll have to make that happen in the future!

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