In A Sense of Wonder, Rachel Carson wrote:
“It is not half so important to know as to feel.”
The day after her first sunset hike up Volcan Mountain this summer, one camper shared about the magic of the experience. The sun had been hidden behind clouds and the air was cold, but the camper was ecstatic about standing in the swirling clouds, watching them move around and below her. Earlier that day an adult also on the hike (who shall remain nameless to protect their innocence) had shared with me that the group had a fantastic experience despite the fact that “there was no sunset and the summit was cold and windy.”
Expectations can be everything
This particular camper and many others this summer have reminded me that what makes camp magical, spiritual, and full of wonder isn’t in the details or the knowing, it’s in the feeling. It’s about showing up, looking people in the eye, building community, welcoming the stranger, and allowing ourselves to be awed by whatever is in front of us.
In our all-too-busy lives, I wonder what adventures – big or small – await us if we let go of our expectations for clear sunsets and allow the swirling clouds to come into focus.