JULY 17, 2014
A friend once told me that the key to finding happiness in life lies in the way you perceive the things that you do and the things that happen to you. When it comes to performing unpleasant tasks, simply thinking “I get to do this” rather than “I have to do this” makes them seem much more bearable. Before this internship started, I thought that I was going to have to use this strategy to get through some of the intern duties. Luckily, I was mistaken. From diving to checking in campers to lake hosting and even to cleaning toilets, everything that I have done so far has been incredibly fun. Until yesterday morning, that is.
Yesterday morning, Kendall, Brett, Ian C, and I had the lovely job of emptying everything out of the bottom chamber of the composting toilets on Moon Island. When we were first told what we were going to be doing, I was slightly horrified. In spite of the fact that I knew that the contents of the toilet were already broken down and would more closely resemble soil than human excrement,the thought of shoveling them out and carrying them to our compost bins was definitely not a pleasant one. Immediately, I began thinking of how to put a positive spin on what I was about to do. What I finally settled on was this: I get to help eliminate human waste and add nutrients to the soil that will help support the ecosystem on this island.
However, soon after we began, I realized that once again, my strategy was not necessary. Not only was our job far more pleasant than I originally thought it would be (all of the material that we removed really was basically soil), working as a group made it a lot of fun. As Brett kept telling us, “Everything is awesome when you’re part of a team.”