Questival 2018: I Refuse to Fail
As I walk up the mountain, I keep beating myself up about the icebreaker. I’m doing something I’ve never imagined I could do — climbing a mountain — and all I can think about is the fact that when it was my turn to say what my goal was as my fellow climbers and I got to know each other last night, I couldn’t answer. I’m climbing a mountain yet I was so afraid of failure, I couldn’t answer the icebreaker question.
The more I think about it, the faster I walk, taking my anger out on the rocks beneath my feet. I try to remember how I came to be climbing this mountain.
Stopping by the Right Way Foundation a couple weeks earlier, I heard about the opportunity of a lifetime. Fostering Media Connections’ (FMC) annual Foster Youth Questival gives youth and adult supporters the chance to climb Mt. Shasta to advocate for improving the foster care system. I accepted without hesitation and soon found myself on the 10-hour drive from Los Angeles, where I live.
Now, on the first stretch of our journey toward the summit, we hike for two hours and reach the first campsite. My friend Latrice and I find a chess board in the lodge near our tent site so we stay up playing for hours. By the time we realize what time it is, the stars have brightly taken over the skies like an amazing night sky night light! We both just stand amazed at the wonderful sight, intrigued by its beauty. We try to snatch a selfie but the sky is too well-lit to be captured.
Read the rest of Deitrick’s adventure here, on The Chronicle of Social Change.
- Christie Renick