I am 15 years old and this is my first time in Fly Fish Guanaja’s student program. I am the youngest one here by at least 5 years. Many experiences, thoughts and revelations have come along with this past week. Each Day we sit in a circle talking and connecting our experiences. The other day, Steve asked us to relate where we are in life in reference to somewhere in the water cycle. I took some time to think about our new writing assignment, finally I was ready to put my ideas to paper. I wrote that I was a water droplet stuck in an eddy at the river mouth in the lake just waiting to burst into the river. I connected the lake to childhood which can be very repetitive and unchanging like a lake, but the second I was released from the eddy, I would burst into the river of adult life in college and whatever I want to pursue after that in the big ocean at the bottom. Once we all discussed all our metaphors, everybody helped me build off what I had already said and expanded it to more than I could ever imagine. Just last night for our next circle, Steve told us the power of listening and gave us another writing assignment. Our task was to listen to the ocean, describe what it sounds like and see what metaphors and revelations it brings with it. Once I got outside, I sat down, closed my eyes and just listened. After close to twenty minutes, I still heard nothing eye-opening, no way to connect what I heard to anything in my life, just the ocean and its sound. So, all I did was describe what I heard in as much detail as I thought possible, when we all met up again to discuss what we heard, everyone had some metaphor or heard their passion but me, except when I read mine instead of criticism, the other people helped me turn what I heard into something more. This showed that because everyone here is so much older than me, I can use them for advice and they can help me whenever I need it because they have all been through exactly what I am presently. The largest lesson I have learned in the past week. Has been that I can always ask for help from people who have already gone through what is troubling. For me they will help me work through it, or even when I am succeeding at something, those people can make me so much better than I was before just by asking for help.
By: Jack Rose