How about a story about some people I met this year?
So, two weeks ago, I led this retreat called Kairos. It was my third time leading, you know, already knew what to do and whatnot, but of course a very different experience from the last two because I was at a different point in my life, different people, etc. I led with an AMAZING alumni team, only one leader which I didn’t know before, but my story is about the group I led. Six seniors from Amat, only knew one (but not that well) and knew of another one in my group. But it didn’t much matter because I grew to love these kids almost immediately anyway. Like I tried to get them to open up, but being an introvert, it’s not the easiest thing for me to do. But open up they did, and for that I am truly grateful. I learned a lot from my group on Kairos 54 (Andrew, BJ, Pauline, Danielle, Amber, Philip). I learned we had similar values (love of family, friends, God). I learned that I couldn’t even begin to imagine the pain that they went through/go through from their own life experiences because they are so different from my own. But I learned that my heart still went out to them, and I hated seeing them sad/distressed/lost. It was as close to empathizing as I possibly capable of, but still not exactly pure empathy. Again, very different life experiences. But other experiences were similar. The need to live up to expectations. Trying to be there for friends. The quietness. The depression.. but after leading Kairos again, as I do with every group I lead, I found my hope again. I once again began to trust in God’s plan, to have faith that yes, everything will be all right. It was certainly an eye opener to see that not everyone gets from Kairos what I got from it when I went on my own retreat. But that’s okay. Because everyone is different, has their own path in life to walk. I hope that these six seniors I led will always have someone beside them in their walk of life, whether it be a friend, a family member, or a significant other. I really hope they learned something from me, because I find that over the years, I become more open about talking about my life on Kairos retreats. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to have led three groups (7+7+6 = 20 kids), and each time I have found more and more people that give me hope for a better tomorrow. So many other people in my life like the ones I’ve led, too, but I mean, I didn’t meet them just this year haha. Well this is enough introspective thinking for a good while. I need to prioritize and get work done. Yay for successfully completing another tumblr challenge! Time to do work.
Day 1 - Your New Year’s Resolution.
Day 2 - Plan on how to accomplish your NYR.
Day 3 - Something new you want to try this year.
Day 4 - A new picture of yourself.
Day 5 - 5 things you like about yourself.
Day 6 - If today was your last day, what would you do?
Day 7 - Write an apology letter to someone in your life.
Day 8 - A letter to your best friend(s).
Day 9 - List your biggest regrets. Let them go.
Day 10 - A song that makes you feel amazing.
Day 11 - What are you going to do this year?
Day 12 - Something(s) that you’re looking forward to.
Day 13 - Show us your smile and smile at someone today.
Day 14 - Relax and tell us about your favorite movie.
Day 15 - Write a letter of advice to someone in your life.
Day 16 - Create a playlist of all the songs that make you happy.
Day 17 - A picture of you with a family member.
Day 18 - Share your fears and how you plan to beat them.
Day 19 - Go ahead and eat your favorite junk food.
Day 20 - What was last night’s dream about?
Day 21 - Who inspires you?
Day 22 - What wouldn’t you change about yourself?
Day 23 - A mistake you made and how it affected you in a positive way?
Day 24 - What’s your comfort food?
Day 25 - Have you treated yourself to anything lately? If yes, what? If no, DO IT!
Day 26 - Set yourself a goal for tomorrow.
Day 27 - How did your goal go?
Day 28 - Bullet point your entire day!
Day 29 - Write a letter(s) to your parents.
Day 30 - Your favorite moment from 2011.
Day 31 - A story about someone you’ve met this year