89/365: Laughter — I believe laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter can brighten your day, and make you feel better. People often say that having a good cry is good for you. I believe that having a good laugh is good for you too. Always add a little laughter to your day. Laughing is good for the soul!
50/365: Home — I believe that a home is not just the building we live in. A home is also about the people who you share that building with. It could be people who are blood related or friends you met through college or university. I think that a home should be filled with love, laughter and compassion. I believe we can find our home in a number of different places. I have my daily home where I live throughout the week and I also have my Church home where I attend several times during the week. A home is much more than the bricks and mortar that keep the building standing. Find a place (or two) that you can call home. A place that makes you happy and where you feel loved.
19/365: Music – Music has been a major part of my life since the day I was born. As my brother was blind, music was his thing. Because of his special needs he was limited to what he could do. Therefore music was a huge part of his life. He would listen to everything and anything. He knew all the old songs as well as the new ones. He listened to artists I had never even heard off. Music touches people. Music brings out emotions and memories. Music will be a constant reminder of my brother. I have many memories that I can look back on that will make me cry, and laugh at the same time as I remember the times I shared with my gorgeous big brother.
I went out for a meal tonight with a few friends from church. The food was lovely and the company was even better! The conversation between the six of us was quite interesting.
So my week at Energise is over. The last day is always the hardest of the camp week. It is a day of thank you’s, goodbyes and hugs with special people. In all honesty I fought back a tear or two throughout that morning.
My heart hurt as I wrapped my arms around those precious people and listened to their heartbeats. The steady beats of their hearts were a real comfort to me. They were reminders that I am not alone. The sound of their hearts told me that they are there for me. It reminded me that they are people too with their own feelings and emotions. They have their own hardships to face. Despite what they are going through they still put their arms around me and reminded me that they cared, that they loved me. And that made coming home so much easier.
It was encouraging to know that they are there for me, and that they are only at the other end of the phone, an email away or a half an hour drive away. I have made big mistakes in my life and these people have stuck by me even when I have disappointed them.
I have been home for two days now. I really miss Camp and being surrounded by beautiful people. I got to know new friends and spent time with old ones. I miss giving my adopted mother a hug every morning at breakfast. I miss blasting music and dancing round the bedroom. I miss raving in the dining room to Human by The Killers. I miss throwing water balloons at everyone. I miss rec room fun times at two o clock in the morning. I miss the gorgeous food that we were served everyday. I miss sitting in the tuck shop eating Smarties and laughing until tears streamed down my face at the conversations that were going on. I miss riding in the convertible with my partner in crime and singing along to Wiggle by Jason Derulo. I miss beating boys at pool at midnight. I miss the down the lane bizarre conversations as well as the serious ones. I miss being surrounded by people who accept me for who I am and do not judge me.
Thank you to those who organised the week and made it what it was. Thank you to those who challenged me with their words. Thank you for those who hugged me when I needed it. Thank you for those who made me laugh and gave me great memories.
Take me back to MCYC please?
I cannot contain my excitement! On Saturday it is time for a week at my favourite place; MCYC (Merseyside Christian Youth Camps).
I cannot wait to spend the week with some special people creating new memories. I cannot wait for hugs with a beautiful woman and to cause trouble with my partner in crime. I cannot wait to spend time with God and to allow myself to develop and grow spiritually. I cannot wait to be surrounded by people who value me, and who know that I am imperfect but love me anyway. People who make me laugh, cry and then laugh again.
A change of scenery will do me good and I could not think of anywhere better to be!
Energise 2014 – bring it on!!