go through life sitting in front of computer screens and desks. Life can seem
to go by in what seems an instant. I traveled across the country in the name
of the Boy Scouts of America, from attending Conclaves, Conferences, a Jamboree
and all three National High Adventure Bases. I am forever grateful of these
Philmont was no different. It was something that I have waited many years
to experience and took my last opportunity in life as a youth to take it. I
have anything but regrets. With my muscles aching through each step I took climbing
up the mountains, I have no regrets. With sweat pouring off my face as I took
a swing with a cutter-matic to build trail, I have no regrets. With facing freezing
cold temperatures through hail and wind, I have no regrets. For every mountain
I climbed, every shooting star I saw and every sunrise I photographed was worth
Brian's Philmont journal used to record his experiences.
I always said to myself that one day I wanted to backpack in the country and
go up and down mountains. I told myself I will one day take a sea trip in the
Florida Keys and travel over a hundred miles with a canoe. I realized that in
the past three years of my life, I saw the sunlight of that one day and took
it the opportunity to seize it. It has given me countless stories to tell around
the campfire and made me a stronger, more mature person. If you have the willpower
to take a pack and venture into the country called Philmont, you have the willpower
to accomplish almost any goal you desire.
During the trek I had a chance to sit down and think. When you're hiking
you have nothing to do but to take in the sights and seriously think. It makes
you realize that life's schedule outside of God's country makes
you too busy to just stop and excogitate. I reflected upon my life and set goals
to accomplish. I evaluated what I've experienced in the past 19 years
of my life. College and work can put stress on you that would make the task
of self analysis a low priority. I had a chance to find myself again. You can
have the highest leadership position in the world, but until you actually sit
back and find yourself, you will never be in that peace of mind state. Philmont
tested my strength and perseverance. It ignited the fire within me to do more
and get stuff done.
I cannot imagine anyone going to Philmont and return the same person. The six
Arrowmen from OATC622 were from the exact same troop and knew each other for
most of their lives. During their personal introductions, each one learned many
different things about each other. Throughout the trek, I saw each of my crew
mates—my brothers—transform in to different, stronger people. They
became more confident and more understanding of life. We have all become better
people in the two weeks while at Philmont.
My college friends often question why in the world I would go to New Mexico
for two weeks to hang out with people who I have never met before in my life.
The fact is this question cannot be fully understood unless one participates
in the program. I say to them that there are opportunities in life that will
slip through your fingers unless you catch them. I am glad I caught the opportunity
while I could and seized the moment.
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