Every trip, every journey has its own experiences, memories, and scars, the good along with the bad.
I have scars on my left arm and face from accidentally burning myself while in the kitchen as a camp counselor. I have scars on both feet from my sandles last summer working as a life guard. I have a tattoo on my left ankle from while I was in Macedonia traveling with my little sister. And now I have a scar just above my tattoo from where I had a break out of poison ivy.
Many people are ashamed of scars, try to hide them, but they are what makes us, us. Each scar has a story, whether you remember them or not. Each scar came from a certain experience and with its own memories. Scars should be embraced, they shouldn’t be repressed.
Regret and guilt are useful emotions, when used correctly. But regret keeps us from moving forward, and guilt clouds our vision. In my past I used to regret a lot, but it wasn’t till recently I came to understand, life is short. Cliche, I know, but so true. Life is dammed short, and we get but one chance at it. No one is perfect, no one makes all the right choices. Why kill yourself over something that you realize now, in hind sight, was wrong. That regret won’t change anything, just remember the experience, and change things next time.

Working as a raft guide this summer has really broadened my view of life. Everyone is from a different place, we all have different up-bringings, and differnet outlooks on the world. But we all connect, we all know we are different, but we accept and even expect that.
This summer will be a summer that will forever be remembered. In a coming post I will be writing about “A Raft Guides Philosophy on Life,” and will try to sum up all the awesome qualities that make this community not only work, but last.

I’ll leave you with my favorite quote, “A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it.” Moral of the story? Let go of regret and guilt, and learn, after all, that is what life is about.