A Summer Within A Summer, A World Outside A World
“The two most important days of your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
Occasionally I gaze out the window of my well organized, cleaned and perfectly formatted bedroom. A perfect bed, made, in the middle of the room with two bedside tables place symmetrically on either side of my bed. Both have identical lamps, but one has some water on it while the other one is filled with a tissue box and a digital clock. All so clean and tidy. Every cabinet, every box and every device laid out on my desk in an immaculate fashion. But one thing wasn’t perfect in my bedroom, and that is the crave for fresh air and relentless fun.
After beginning at Fenn for not even a complete week yet, I received an Email prompting a camping trip from Mr. Irwin. I thought in my head:” Great, exactly what I needed.” After a summer to and from the airports across the globe, I to some extent got bored of modern, city life and wanted change gears for a bit. And here is my chance! A trip to the deep woods of New Hampshire where no one is allowed to have technology with them. Sometimes we really do need these breaks from an overall planned out lifestyle and the total reliance of technology that as humans, we have adapted very well, but isn’t necessarily the most healthy and beneficial way of communicating. Over snapchat or instagram. Just not articulate enough to me.
Five O’Clock in the morning of my first, maybe second Wendsday at Fenn was spent eating a simple but highly nutritious meal, then loading up the bus. To my surprise it wasn’t packed, as we only had about 30 people to fit on a 50 person bus. I’m the type of person who despises technology but is forced to use them and perfect it’s techniques (my typing skills maybe?), but would rather do things the primitive way, by hand. For the bus ride I urged myself not to look at my phone, although I packed a spare charger, a charging case and a fully charged battery. No headphones, nothing except a book and the ever changing view outside the windows. This went on for quite some time and I eventually decided it was time to watch a movie for the remainder of the ride.
Arrival at camp was smooth, everyone there greeted our cluster of people waiting to unload the bus. And we got to meet our cabin leader, Mack, who was an outstanding guy in almost every field. Sports, academics, art, you name it. As you might expect from any new place you visit, we were briefed by the camp staff, made clear of the rules and regulations and sent to lunch. It was a great lunch, you might not think at first as it was only burgers, but the assortment of topping you were able to put on it is countless, two full tables of it. I’m not sure, it places so much stress on deciding on what to fill your plate with. And went off to general swim, which is basically doing a wide variety of water activities like canoeing, which I liked the best because i won’t get wet, swimming, paddle board, kayak etc…
Over the course of three days, the activities had remained the same, On one day we tried some sailing and rock climbing, but I was not at all bored, I was pumped for the next day. One of the things that really stood out to me at Belknap was the respect and teamwork put into doing these activities, since the first day I began noticing drastic differences in people, people were forced to socialize, at first it was hard for people, it was hard for me too feeling so foreign to this ancient way of communication, but we adapted fast, by the next day we were up and running at 8 AM and not sleeping, still sprinting hard on the soccer field after 9 PM, a thirteen hour day in intense physical stress, somehow we didn’t feel tired, reluctant or wanting to give up, we wanted more timed on the fields, in the water and in boats. A relentless fervor.
One of the most impressive things that struck me on that trip was seeing the milky way galaxy up close, no telescope, with your bare eyes. This time however I did not feel joy rushing in my veins, instead I felt confined and restrained. I realized that there was still more in this world than just smartphones, maximizing your own profits and other things that most of seemed to have forgot about the vast frontiers still left covered for us. And that was the motivation that is pushing me forwards and putting some of the building blocks on the mighty construction project of ingenuity and discovery.