Back in 2015, I was introduced to Summer Field Studies (SFS). During my first trip as a high school junior, I recognized how much I took for granted at home. While sleeping in a poorly set-up tent on a yoga mat, I realized my gratefulness of my home and bed. I felt gratefulness for my shower (and water pressure) when only showering twice in a community recreation center. Finally, I was grateful for my family after missing them for two weeks straight.
Now going every year after 2015, I have come to appreciate the humbling experience I gain from Summer Field Studies. SFS has provided my yearly check in with myself to see how I can continue to be grateful for the everyday things in my life. Over the years, the trip has also taught me how to be grateful for my health the most.
Over the seven times I have been on the trip, I have experienced the old man’s tale of body pains. While I am still relatively young (even though the high schoolers do not see it that way), I have already witnessed what happens when I do not show my gratitude of having an able body. Luckily, watching the “experienced” Colorado residents bag the same mountains as myself, I know all hope is not lost. To summit these mountains, I must take care of the body that gets me there. After watching family members and close loved one’s struggle with health issues and cancer, I see the importance more than ever.