Springhouse has been a place that has held me, but has never held me back. It has been the kick in the butt that I often needed to remind me what I’m capable of, and also the grounded reality check when I started to lose myself in the other direction. Being here has showed me a different way of being and showing up in the world, and it has opened me up to parts of myself that used to terrify me, but that I am now ready to embrace, with curiosity and love. When I was younger, maybe even just last year, the future terrified me. It really did. I didn’t know how I was going to exist once I became an “adult”. I was terrified to walk into the world and lose myself completely, in the day to day existence of a humanity that’s losing touch with itself. But, somehow, I don’t feel like that now. Springhouse has shown me that, if you really work for something, you truly can be the change you want to see in the world, and the tools that I have found here are ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, no matter the path I follow. And if there’s one piece of advice that I can give to those staying at Springhouse, it is this: Don’t take it for granted.
Recently, I have heard people say that they’re excited to see what I will do next, and, now, I finally feel like I can say: I am too.