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  • I believe we have a choice in this world about how to live. On the one hand, you can be dependent. You can choose to rely on the help of technology or your parents to wait on you hand and foot, and fulfill every one of your needs without you even breaking a sweat. I just don't think that's the way to live. I'm not saying by any stretch of the imagination that I never use my phone (because I'm constantly on Instagram, Twitter, etc.), or binge stream TV shows on Netflix (face it, we've all done it).

    I'm just saying that everyone needs, or at least deserves, a change to unplug. A chance to leave that phone at home, to turn off the computer and stop the binge streaming. A chance to make a real connection with the Earth in itself. To be in touch with nature and with your inner self.

    Two words- Camp Echo. Never have I been so in touch with myself, with nature, and with life in general. Every ounce of social, educational, and every other kind of stress in the book disappears. No phones, no computers, no outside world. Just me, the stars, and endless, endless possibilities.

    So do yourself a favor and take a couple weeks off to unplug. But don't try to do this by going up to the lakehouse or the country club to hit golf balls and be waited on even more. Go camping in a nearby forest. Go sleep under the stars, in a tent with just the warmth of a sleeping bag and the perpetual buzzing and chirping of all sorts of insects and bugs. Go find yourself. Need a place to start? It goes a little like this-

    "Today we will build our Spirit, Mind and Body, strive to be caring, accept responsibility, show respect to all others, be honest in all we do, and have FUN!" This is what we say at a little place I like to call Camp Echo. Camp Echo is my Spirit, Mind and Body. What's your Echo? Go find it.
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