This is the time of year where we hear this mantra uttered about a variety of things. It's when girls go off to camp, leaving the comfort of their air conditioned homes and sleep in a tent in the great outdoors. This is daunting for lots of the population, but once you've done it, you recognize the wonder of the night sky and the woods.
It's the time of year when a girl who really doesn't like the water much and has relied on her water wings too long, returns capable of putting her face in lake water and able to swim from one side of the dock to the other unassisted and unafraid. How did that happen in such a short time?
This is the time of year when a girl who hates spiders and has screamed on sight each time she sees one, now understands that they are part of the circle of life, providing an important piece of the puzzle. She has seen a snake and not run; she's moved out of her comfort zone.
It's the time of year when girls stretch themselves and work on being girls of courage, confidence and character. Events at camp are unpredictable and part of life. It might be a snake, it might be a spider, it might be new food, it might be girls she has never met, it might be sleeping in a tent in the rain. I have an abiding respect for a child who takes a chance, moves out of her comfort zone, and discovers, "I can do it!"