“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Sometimes you’re not given what you want because something better is planned for you instead. Before this year’s annual school camp, I literally hated nights away from home. I’ve talked to a couple of my closer friends about my uncontainable homesickness. But this camp is a game changer.. I cried countlessly at the thought of going to this camp, and now I’m tearing at how the camp ended in a blink of an eye.
Well Hey, it’s just another year, another camp. However, I’ve learned that repetition may not be the most glorious thing, in fact, it’s annoying, it’s inconvenient, it can interrupt great moments in life. But it will definitely make you better. You will simply become stronger. By staying on course and being consistent, you’ll end up creating yourself and eventually a master and muscle connection along with a peace of mind that not many people are familiar with. How does this little fitness type out linked with the camp, is how I have pushed past the barrier of my limits and giving something I hated yet another try. I’ve shown the world what I’m made of, and so could you definitely. Reaching your full potential doesn’t have to come from the hardest things and hitting rock bottom, and going beyond. It starts of with a mindset.
I went to this camp expecting to make friends, but I ended up with family.
You can never spell “challenge” without “change”. Camps took everything away from me but my dignity. And today I’ll love to write about my experienced in my final high school 4d 3n camp.
Kulim Eco Trail Retreat !!!
We got to the campsite 50 minutes away from school. Done the necessary and stuffs, after that, we got into out dorms.
The day was intense, and as dusk came, my homesickness started to kick in. I become SILENT, like literally !! If I were to slip out of the hall, I’m sure not a teacher will notice, that’s how my emotions got over my head. We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known. And little do I realise, that’s end of the first day.
I got up at 05:00 and went for my morning jog a few rounds around the campsite. Then I woke up my bunk buddy for his morning prayer, and after that, I got really hyped and excited for the day !! I was leading the worship, and Dear God, I had a whale of a time !! I loved it, I enjoyed it, and words could really not describe the adrenaline rush I had. I mean, the worst feeling a man could get is his homesickness when he’s home. And worshipping just took the stress away.
Time flies, and we went on with S.U.P, or “Stand Up Paddling”, if you felt as blur as me. I stayed out though.
Well we continued the day with the “X cape room”, and we broke though with 5 minutes the spare. Apparently, my team got a penalty thanks to me.. Hey, blame me not for literally lifting the whole cupboard up just because there’s a sticker on it saying “lift”.. Good job Jon..
Jumped a bit too high.. Okay why not.. x)
Today everyone had to wake at 05:00, well it wasn’t new to me considering the fact that I got up 2 hours earlier. I woke everyone up in the guys-dorm at 04:00, but to my surprise, there was more who didn’t sleep than those who slept -_- …
We had our morning hike, I hooked on 7kgs of leg wraps and started the trek. The sunrise was one of a kind, and by the time we’re done with the walk, it’s 09:00. We had our breakfast and we continued with our schedule for the rest of the day.
Well at 14:00, it’s finally time for the “leap of faith”. Everyone tried, but only a few accomplished it. I felt so pressurised as a calisthenic athlete. Not because I was scared to fail, but because I know that if I fail, it’ll be a pull-down for all who had hope in me, and that will make everyone lose faith in body aesthetics. Did it though, recorded the footage too.
No matter what you do, do it with happiness. That’s a mind-blowing, yet simplest fact that came to mind. #Epiphany
Aww, it’s the last day… Again, I got up at 05:00 to wake my bunk buddy for his morning prayer. It was freezing cold today, so I put on my hoodie, and got ready for the day. Too much pictures though~
That’s classic me, needing to pose in every scene~
“It’s impossible to make your eyes sprinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.” -Roald Dahl
At the end of the camp, I have nothing left to prove, but everything to improve. To me, everyday is a new opportunity. You can either build on yesterday’s success or put its failure away and start everything again. That’s the way life is, with a new game everyday. I mean, if you figured everything out today, then what’s the point of tomorrow? Well I urge you right now.. Enjoy the process of being in the work of process.
My main man- Mr. Gaston Tan, former manager of Kulim Eco Trail Retreat.
And Yeah, that’s the end of my camp in high school.. A lot to digest in 4 days.. Learned a lot as well..
-No one can survive without cup noodles~
-Everyone had faith to try the “leap of faith”~
-Not everyone wakes up as early as 05:00 and then go for a jog~
-Definitely teenagers aren’t that easy to wake in the morning…
I left the camp, but the experiences I’ve gained in the camp will never ever leave me. Every physical scar in the camp has left a mark on my heart, and every action that my friends had done to help me will also change my way of treating them in the future.
For a different perspective on this camp, visit my game master and the one that kick started my blogging journey’s blog page:
As a whole, the camp was very inspiring. Friend bonds became stronger, and of course, being punished in a group allowed us to know who’ll stick with you and who’ll scram because of those moments.