Hello once again Journey Group! Today we had our first Buddy Event where we met our buddies for the first time. My buddy’s name is Lexi, she is 16 years old and she loves to play in the splash park. Whatever else we were supposed to be doing today, we always found our way back to the splash park to dance in the water, play around and get soaked! At first I was a little hesitant about going into the water, I didn’t have a towel or an extra set of clothes. But, once I saw Lexi go full out and run straight into the middle of the wet madness I felt all of my worries slip away. I ran after her, through all of the sprinklers, and found myself not caring that my hair was getting wet again after I had just taken a shower this morning, or that my shoes were so wet it was like I was stepping in puddles of water every time I walked. I felt fully free and me, just like I was a kid again, without a care in the world. And what a time for this realization and experience to come, this is the day before my first day of school as a senior. As this school year begins it is good to remind myself that I can still be like a child, truly authentic. Thanks so much for reading Journey Group, can’t wait for you to follow more of my amazing journey!