10 Things I Would Tell My Campers: Life Of Lynn

Hello everyone! I am back again with another Life Of Lynn blog post! I had the wonderful opportunity this summer to work as a junior counselor at Columbia College’s Summer Leadership Institute. The goal of this program is to further the professional development of women by fostering their public speaking, post secondary and career planning, team work, and self love skills. What started off as just a itch to come back soon turned into the most action packed and life changing week of my life.

I know at the end of the semester things can be stressful, and it is important to start the new year off right. So, this is for all of you!

Of all the messages that young women face, I hope to put some positive messages back into the world. To all my 84 girls, I love you so and you’re all going to soar and do amazing things.

  1. “This world is going to hit you hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach…” – Sarah Kay; “Point B”

I am sure many of you have already experienced this time and time again. When things seem to be going badly, they get more hectic until you can just barely get over the edge. This world throws at us what we can justttt handle, even if it seems like we aren’t keeping up at all.

2. “…But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.” – Sarah Kay; “Point B”

You learn the most when you are challenged to the nth degree. Many of you experienced this when propelling down a forty foot wall, public speaking for the first time, or trying something you never had before. A lesson comes with every new experience, so keep trying.

3. “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it is open.” – Unknown 

On that note, keep trying new things. If you have an interest, try it out. You never know when your calling in life is going to hit you, so keep trying. It is always fun to say you gave your best shot at anything thrown your way.

4. Bumpy roads or smooth, curvy turns or straight shooting, rickety swinging bridges or riding on The Golden Gate, an obstacle is an obstacle.

No matter what your obstacle is, it is an obstacle if it is blocking you. Do not compare the problems of others to yours, as that solves nothing. Just because one person has to cross a lake does not mean that you are less worthy of help because you are puddle jumping. You never know if they have a rowboat, after all.

5. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss; Horton Hears A Who

We all mean something to someone and we all have something to contribute to the greater good. Whatever your purpose may be, stay present in this moment and do what you feel is right.

6. Learning is one thing no one can ever take away from you.

As you build on the knowledge you have gleaned thus far, you will never lose what you were originally taught. Education is a weapon against ignorance and complacency; continue to seek out new experiences to grow.

7. It is always okay to not know who you are or what you believe in, but never believe blindly in something without a reason.

Keep looking for more perspectives. Find people who have a different opinion and learn how they think about the world. Everyone can take something from another, and it is up to each individual to take the lessons they have learned and build their beliefs.

8. Random dancing in the middle of the afternoon is always a good idea.

‘Nuff said.

9. Sometimes the best learning comes in the quiet moments (listen and silent are spelled the same way after all).

Your mind is deeper, wider, and more vast than you could ever imagine. Things will come to you that you never imagined. Ideas come from all sorts of places; you never know what you will find out if you just listen!

10. But never, ever hold back when it is your time to shine. You are a star dear girl, one that will shine in the galaxy for thousands of years. Ball of fire, may your flame never be extinguished.

All of you are so special and amazing. You all have great things to offer and I hope you accomplish every single one of them!

Bonus: Sometimes the best advice we give is the advice we need to hear ourselves. So, take your words with pride and speak your truth.

The week I spent at Columbia College was revolutionary. I thank everyone I worked with for that experience and everything that I learned.

I hope that everyone can get something from this. We all have great things to say and do. We can all be empowered.

See you in the next one!

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