Vacation highlights: Entry 1
I just came back from my three days, two nights, Northern Island Kayaking Expedition conducted by ODAC. From this expedition I learnt a lot.
There are ten principles of good expedition behaviour (Adapted from Alex Kosseff (2003) AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership):
Self-awareness: Understanding yourself and your effect on your group.
Self-leadership: Take initiative to take care of yourself so you do not create problems for the group
Selflessness: Always be willing to help others.
Commitment: Doing your best.
Tolerance: Accept others for who they are.
Consideration: Be polite. Respect the time and personal space of others.
Trust: Trust that the others have your best interest at heart.
Communication: Communicate in an open, honest and respectful way.
Humility: Learn not to rely not only on yourself, but also on others.
Sense of humour: Have fun! Be positive.
From the above ten principles, I rank them from 1 to 10, according to the order of which I think is easier to achieve:
I think it is easier to achieve as I think that once you are sure you are ready to accomplish a certain task, you should not back out. I believe that along the way, all of us will feel like giving up. I don’t see that as not being committed because I think that even if one wanted to throw in the towel but if he or she did not in the end. It shows the true meaning of the person’s commitment.
: Although I think I am a follower for most of the time, I think that I have self-leadership because I know how to take care of myself. The teachers say that knowing how to take care of yourself may not mean big stuff, it can also be things as minor as staying hydrated, remembering to put on sun block, stc.
: I think everyone understand their strength and weakness even if all of us are embarrassed to admit it, since we don’t want to sound arrogant.
: I think I do okay for tolerance as got really agitated by someone, and it is not a small matter as I need to work with that person for the whole journey. Both of us are on unhappy terms but we still tolerate each other throughout the entire journey.
: Mostly I rely on myself more. I do rely on others but not all, since I do not trust everyone. So I need to work on it.
: This is similar to humility; I don’t trust everyone because I think everyone think of their best interest first before thinking of others. Though this is a cruel fact I need to let loose a little more
7) Sense of humour
: I did not have a good sense of humour throughout the journey because of some unhappy incidents but I applaud my friends sense of humour as it really brightened my day. I should learn more from them.
: I think I am polite for most of the time but when I get angry it seem to come out of me less as I tend to tell others what I think.
: I am willing to help others most of the time, but as everyone knows, during crucial moments most people tend to look after themselves more. That’s why I think that selflessness is very hard to practiced but as long as you treat others well and help them, it is already enough.
: I think I communicate too openly and honestly till sometimes I hurt people’s feelings unintentionally. Whenever I get angry I just say what I think. Sometimes truth hurt. I vent my stress through communication so I hurt others easily, so when I do not speak my mind I end up being hurt as I think too much.
Also I learnt to be more independent as I experience the solo night. Spending time alone at night is not as scary as I thought. Though due to the rain most of the members were quite close it was also a great experience.
My time management also improve as there were times when we were running from the lighting( the dark clouds were like chasing us). We also need to pack up fast and wake up on time. Though now when I get back to my daily life I am still not as punctual but I am at least a little bit more organize.
Physically I also gotten stronger.
Mentally, I know my weakness of being hot tempered and will try harder to change it.
Most importantly I learnt that setbacks are evident in most experiences. Though misunderstandings occur, I learn that as long as one’s conscience is clear, even if people don’t see it at the moment but sooner or later they will come to understand you better.