Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Jessie, a camper at YPI 2013.
To me, YPI always was and always will be more than just a place. YPI is where you can go when the world beats you down and leaves you afraid, lonely, and uncertain, without taking a step from your house.
Although people leave and location changes, the supportive atmosphere is always there, and it’s important to remember that this never leaves you, even once you’ve left. Those one or two weeks allow you to establish relationships that will last a lifetime, but it’s sometimes difficult to immerse yourself in this mindset for the other fifty weeks during the year.
It’s pretty extraordinary to think that you can get to know someone so well over the course of two weeks, so maintain connections with these people even if its a just a text message. It’s a great opportunity to see what these talented people are working on outside of camp, and especially being able to support them every step of the way.
If I chose only one thing that I learned while at YPI, I would say that it’s to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while. When you step away from what you’re comfortable with, you meet people and have experiences that you would never have had. Because of YPI, I’ve been able to share these experiences with people I never would have met and it’s opened an entirely new world to me.
Whenever I’m feeling down for whatever reason, I just look back and remember all the great times I’ve had, all the talented people I’ve met, and all the doors that’ve been opened because of this place. So when you need a little YPI in your life, just remember that it’s not just a place, it’s a state of mind.