Kamisha went on a recent backpacking trip with the Leaders-In-Training program. In an interview with Waypoint staff, Julia, this is what she had to say about her experience:
Q: How long have you been involved with Waypoint?
A: I have been a part of Waypoint for 10 and a half years. I absolutely love it. Waypoint is a huge part of my life and my family.
Q: What has Waypoint meant to you?
A: Waypoint has opened my eyes and shown me different aspects of myself that I hadn’t really noticed were there yet.
Q: What kind of aspects of yourself have you noticed?
A: As I was and still am navigating through life, sometimes I’ll say “You’re in a jam. What are you going to do?” And instead of staying down, I’m going to find a way out… Instead of saying, “No I can’t do this.” I think it comes down to dedication and perseverance.
Even though I may be having a hard time this year, I can say “I got this.” For me, it’s about pushing past perceived boundaries. I’ve been on two backpacking trips with Waypoint now. The first one showed what kind of strength I had. The second, [this recent one with the LITs], showed me how to communicate with people in certain situations. It’s all about community and connecting with one another.
Q: I heard on this recent backpacking trip with the LITs that you participated in a rock-throwing activity where you threw a rock into the river to figuratively leave something behind. Can you tell me more about that and what that meant to you?
A: That activity really put things in perspective for me. I told myself, “Kamisha, get out of your head. Stop and be thankful for the now. Be appreciative. Don’t worry about what’s happening later on. Focus on what’s around you.”
Usually when I’m home and back to reality, I have to go 110 miles an hour. I have to put my brain on work-mode. This trip reminded me to do self-care and take time to figure out what I want to do. How to reflect, be yourself, feel free.
Q: What sort of goals are you working on in your current stage of life?
A: I’m focusing on being more independent. I have relied on people for 29 years of my life. Trying to get away from that is hard – especially when you have loving parents like mine. I’m learning now to work on being heard and not being shut down. And that I don’t have to say yes to everything.