... this post makes more sense if you read Part 1
When Our Chalet emailed me saying my application was successful, I was pretty shocked. ME, seriously?? Confession: I was also pretty nervous. I'm such a newbie to guiding and OhMyGod, they're going to make me talk in front of everyone!!
But amidst the worrying and irrational thoughts, I managed to knock some sense into myself. I've been SO good with my 2014 resolution to overcome anything that scares me, why stop now?
I'm glad I ignored the silly voices inside my head because had I done otherwise, I would have missed out on a chance to meet all the wonderful participants I had the privilege of befriending and working with.
Aside from gaining tons of knowledge on leadership and the environment from the seminar, I really did learn a lot more about myself. I honestly couldn't have done it without the other Girl Guides who pointed out my strengths.
Although constructive criticism is healthy; you can't get far without encouragement. Sometimes encouragement has to come from you but when it comes from you AND the people around you, you're pushed to different heights!
I think us youngsters are surrounded by a lot of negativity these days; there are more voices telling us we can't it as opposed to YES YOU CAN. I also can't help but notice a culture of complaining and doing nothing amongst social media users.
Face it, social media is part of our daily lives. First thing I do when I wake up is check my twitter feed and more than often it's just tweets on how much people dislike so and so. Complaints; never solutions. Negativity; hardly any optimism or neutral views.
Spending a week with a bunch of young women who are positive and proactive was the breath of fresh air I needed. I love that there are young women out there with the same aspirations as me!
Guiding taught me that there are more things that bind us people together than there are that separates us. The desire for a better world is more universal than you think; it really doesn't matter where you're from.
My advice to girls who are as introverted and sick of negativity as me, surround yourself with optimistic and non-judgmental people. If you search for good people or rather, the good IN people, you'll surely find a safe place to be yourself. :)
... yes, there are more Helen Storrow seminar related posts to come.