Where You Been Hiding?

by Jon Hilton

summer camp

The place I called home this summer.

There are a few things in my life that have come to represent all that I believe in, and one of the most visible has been this very blog you are reading right now.  It is in this space that I have started to try to piece together the ideas that will help me to understand how to live a successful, happy and fulfilling life.

For much of this year I have been diligent in posting most every day about something that was on my mind, a philosophy or a question, and that was a great source of learning and enjoyment for me.  Yet there was something missing, something that I needed and that thing was a forum to test my theories and see if I could be true to my philosophies in real life.

That place was the Maine Golf and Tennis Academy.  I was fortunate to be hired there to work as a camp administrator, where my duties ranged from hiring staff, working out the logistics of transportation for staff and campers and basically problem solving all of the big and little problems that came up during the course of a summer.

The problem with this job, was that it was an all encompassing experience, and although I

Some of the great people at camp.

Some of the great people at camp.

tried to keep up with writing in the beginning, I soon found myself overwhelmed with work from 7:15 in the morning until roughly 10-11-30 at night.   I am not complaining about the hours because most of them were spent with great people, and I was able to try to live by my ideals.  Honesty, integrity, and a positive attitude were to be challenged on a daily basis, by the attitudes and beliefs of others.

Early on I decided that the drama of this camp and the lives surrounding it would make for an interesting story and it will, for that experience alone the camp was worth it.   That will happen in the future as I chronicle all of the strange and unique experiences that happened in this place. My only hope is to honestly relay all that I saw in a truthful manner.

There have been many lessons learned this summer from how important it is to treat people well to why meetings of any kind are generally something I don’t like.  But the

Picture I took on my last day, everyone else was gone home, just a soccer ball left with nobody to use it.

Picture I took on my last day, everyone else was gone home, just a soccer ball left with nobody to use it.

biggest lesson I learned is that my creative outlet of writing on this blog was something that I took for granted.

So I am back from camp and moving into a new phase of my life, it is time to spread my wings a bit and see the world, because there are so many things I have never seen personally.  I need to know what else is out there outside of my comfort zone.  So if you have been a reader in the past, I say to you, “Welcome back, I have missed you!”  If you are a new reader I say, “Welcome, it is great to see you here!”

I am committing to writing more of my experiences which I hope will help you and me understand this life a little bit better.  I wish you all the best and thank you for just being here.

An appropriate song for how it felt at the end of this experience.

15 thoughts on “Where You Been Hiding?

  1. MissFourEyes

    You’re back! I missed you.
    I like that last picture, I don’t know why. It just looks like that ball had a lot of fun. (does that sound weird? I did not mean it to sound weird)
    Can’t wait to hear more about your experiences, Jon. :)

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    1. Jon

      Yes I am really back now I think. It took a few days of getting back into “normal” life, but now I feel like writing a bunch. That ball did have a lot of fun, this summer, (it doesn’t sound weird at all!!) You are one of the people I have been missing. (can you miss someone you have never met?) I just look forward to getting back into reading great blogs, thinking new thoughts and writing about them. This experience definitely added to my life experience, mostly from the people I was fortunate enough to come in contact with. I think you would be an excellent summer camp employee!! Grateful to hear from you MFE, (even though I know your real name, I still keep it secret) I have used a lot of parenthesis in this answer!! :-) In all sincerity, you are awesome!!

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  2. thehappyhugger

    Jon, it is sooooo nice to have you back again. I look forward to reading all you have to tell. I know what you mean about getting out of your comfort zone, I did that just recently, and it certainly was personal growth food for me. I missed you, welcome back.

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  3. djmatticus

    Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer and can’t wait to hear all about it. I’m looking forward to reading your insights again.

    I’m sorry we missed you while we were in Maine – who knew that traveling with a 5 month old meant that sticking to any sort of schedule would be nearly impossible? I guess we should have assumed that would be the case.

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    1. Jon

      Matt! It is great to hear from you and see that you are up to your old double commenting tricks!! I am sorry I missed you too, but just not meant to be at this time, there will be a next time. I hope your trip was a great thing and you had a nice trip. I am glad to be back and feel like writing so prepare to be inundated!! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, I am looking forward to having a bit of time to catch up with all of my favorite blogs!! Tomorrow is Friday, which used to mean laughs in the kingdom, I hope it still does. :-)

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    1. Jon

      Great song, particularly appropriate if you knew the counselors who worked there. Good kids but they do what kids do. The line finish your whiskey or beer, that was them. Also the best line in the song, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” True about so many experiences in life. Most don’t end as neatly and on schedule as a camp but they do end. It is good to have a moment to think about the experience and what I learned from it. It has been good to see your growth, into Facebook and such. It is only a matter of time before you are world renown as a writer and leader. Great to hear from you Rara, I still have the friendship bracelet you sent me, I was wearing it yesterday. :-)

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    1. Jon

      :-) That is the consensus I have gotten. I am not sure if it is because it just covers more of my face or what? Great to hear from you, I have missed all of my blogging friends. It is like a holiday to read so many great thoughts again!!

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  4. theINFP

    I totally understand your point of view and the challenge of balancing different aspect of life. I look forward to reading about your adventures over the Summer. Robert :)

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    1. Jon

      Thank you Robert for taking the time to read, I have been gone about twelve years it seems in blog time, but I think it was worth it. As I slowly climb back into the rhythm of writing again,it is good to know there are so many kind and supportive people out there. I am always grateful for the comments!!

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