So, with nearly a week between myself and Greenbelt, the GP 'Blog of The Week' goes to A Reader in Writing for her brave, honest, and for me personally, serendipitous reflections on some of the difficulties she enountered in herself there as a first-time visitor and camper. In spite of my upbeat blog post earlier in the week, I've been struggling to process my very mixed feelings on my GB this year; RIW, when I stumbled across your blog, I breathed a huge sigh of relief - so much resonated with my own experience - and, from the other comments you received, with many other people too.
There were echos, too, of this in church this morning. Our theme was pilgrimage and faith journeys, as a large group of us had been away on our annual pilgrimage the week before GB. We talked about the hopes and fears involved in moving on to new stages of our journey: a new class, new school, uni, work, marriage, house moves, retirement... Then the need to acknowledge our often mixed feelings about these transition times and the (natural) human reaction of either denying the situation or wanting to run away and hide. Yet, with this, the need to hold to the knowledge of God's presence with you on the journey.
Chatting after the service, I found myself able to be honest when asked how Greenbelt went and to to acknowledge that yes, for parts of the time it was a lonely experience for me; but also to balance this with some of the many positives without feeling that I was putting a gloss on things and compromising my own integrity. Quite a step along the road for me. Again, many many thanks.
Maybe for this week only I should rename BOTW - The Golden Tent Peg!