For the past week I was a counselor at Camp Kemo, a weeklong summer camp for children that have cancer and their siblings. Being a children’s camp, alcohol is obviously out of the question and if I wanted to be invited back next year, night-time trips to a local Batesburg-Leesville bar are not an option either. Instead of beer, I turned my substance addiction to coffee. It served me well.
Actually, contrary to popular belief, I didn’t even get the shakes or cold sweats from withdrawal. Although, we had our fair share of pizza and hamburgers, and it would have been perfect to be able to wash it down with an ice cold Budweiser.
But I digress. This was my 8th year as a counselor at Camp Kemo and it was a great week. Having the opportunity to see first-hand the courage and strength of these kids as they battle for their lives is amazing and so inspirational. They are an ever-present reminder in my mind to enjoy each day and to pursue the things about life that I love.
People always say “you never know when it will be taken away” but rarely do people live their lives like that. Listening to the stories of these kids makes you realize that it could happen any day. One day they are playing football for their high school or riding their bikes with their friends, and literally the next day they are undergoing radiation treatment. It can be frightening, but I see it as an opportunity. After all, what do we really have to lose? Why not literally live each day as if it is our last? What are we afraid of?
I am now more dedicated than ever to going after my dreams and making them a reality in my life. My goal is to be successful so that I can give back and help people like the campers that I have gotten to know and love. I hope that you will reach for the stars so you can do the same.