The Retreat that Changed My Life Essays

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I jumped in the car anticipating the freedom of this weekend. YES!!! Finally it’s Friday!
Man, I can’t wait to go out with my friends tonight, maybe my boyfriend tomorrow night, lunch with the gang at the local “Chef-o-nette” diner on Saturday. At last I will be able to unwind and have a good time. Two nights is never enough.

“Twins, you have your confirmation retreat this weekend. Aren’t you excited?!”
My mother interrupted my thoughts and dashed my vision of a wonderful weekend. I was filled with a deep sensation of dread. I absolutely hated my confirmation class. I was given homework. Like I didn’t get enough homework at school! Everyone but me would have at least one close friend at the retreat but me, creating a big “in crowd”
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I awoke to whispers being spoken softly from one invisible person to another as I drifted into consciousness. Tomorrow I’ll be on my way home. These two days will just be a drop of water in the pool of time. I tried to console myself. The day was to be spent at the gorge. I mildly desired to see what a gorge was as I had no idea. I also heard we were to hike around, which I love to do, so I started looking forward to the day. I was surprised to get the subtle feelings of wanting to be in this place away from all my comforts. I grabbed my camera and headed towards the door… towards the gorge… and unbeknownst to myself, towards a new perspective on life.

The sky was clear and the atmosphere was joyous. Beautiful trees and the calm sound of rushing water from the nearby stream encircled me. The air was filled with the smell of autumn leaves and a cold chill. I was overwhelmed by the beauty before me. Stop. Listen. The birds were serenading one another as the wind stroked the dry leaves still clinging to their branches. It seemed too much to take in all at once. The farther I walked, the more beautiful my surroundings became.

The gorge was a long way off, but I was too busy admiring the beauty of this life to notice that almost no one else was interested in seeing it. Only five of us made it. Twenty-five people were too tired, too bored, or too infatuated

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