Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 6:39:01 AM
I was with my 8 cabin-mates and counselor, as well as another cabin of girls hiking with us. It was only our first night of being at camp, and our consoler had decided to have us do a surprise hike that would last several hours. Over an hour and half hike away from camp, our only flash-light went out and we were surrounded in a veil of darkness that the dense forest had bestowed on us. Our hands scraped and dirty from countless falls, our eyes drooping in exhaustion, and our tongues deprived of moisture and sporting the bitter taste of dirt, we all felt miserable and hostile. My eyes squinted , and my hands out, ready in case I fell If my flailing of the arms didn’t save myself. A thin sheen of sweat making its way along my body, providing little relief to the heat we suffered. I stumbled as a ragged yet confident voice rang out, “It’s been a really, really messed up week. Seven days of torture, seven days of bitter.” My minds immediately recognized the song that was climbing its way to the top of the charts, from Hot Chelle Rae’s newest album, Whatever. Tonight Tonight. Voices from the other girls quickly chimed in, and within a moment I realized one of the singing voices were my own. The eyes of the other girls shined in the dark as they grasped onto the familiar song, exchanging smiles with one and another, pleased with the distraction. La la la, whatever. La la la, it doesn’t matter. Our cabin’s bond strengthened as we went deeper into the song, we all grabbed hands of the girls nearest to us, forming a chain. An unbreakable chain. As the song looped, being repeatedly sang as if on repeat, we were given a spark of energy, inspired. We all shouted to each other whenever there was a curve or dip in the trail, as well as obstacles such as rocks and logs. This song that we all loved was the push we needed to begin to trust each other, letting the girls in front of us be our eyes, and let go of the negative emotions we were feeling so we could get done what needed to be. Whenever I hear this song, I also end up smiling as I think of how it brought a band of friends together, and how when we were surrounded in darkness it brought us a light that had been there all along.