Please welcome our guest blogger, Emili. We're happy to have her!
DISCLAIMER: For those of you who have not seen the movie "Inside Out," this is the official SPOILER ALERT!!!
A few weeks ago a few of the full summer staff went to see Pixar's new movie Inside Out. It was a Saturday after we had finished cleaning the camp so most of us were in danger of spending 6 dollars (that's how much matinee movie tickets are here- crazy right?) to watch the back of our eyelids than actually watching the movie itself. However somehow I managed to stay awake for the entire film and I'm really happy I did.
Inside Out follows the cartoon animations of a little girl named Riley's emotions. There's Joy, Fear, Anger, Sadness, Disgust who all have emotions themselves. The main take away of the film is the possibility of complex emotions. Joy and Sadness have to save the day together. This portrait is so important today because it teaches children that it's okay to be sad. We live in a society that's very much ashamed of tears. When my friends, campers or classmates (and even myself) begin to cry our first reaction is to apologize. It's an inconvenience to our world to demonstrate humanity. Inside Out's message helps us to understand emotions are natural and God given. Each has a time and place. Even Jesus wept.
Inside Out's mixture of Joy and Sadness brings to mind the last day of camp. Friends of only a week hug each other crying. There's a cloud of heightened emotion. We cry because we have had such joy together and are sad to leave this joyful place. I cried like a baby when I left camp last year after 2 and a half months. But we take that memory with us. We're both sad and comforted. Joyful and Sad. Camp is a place where emotions are welcomed and fulfilled. Here we learn to weep, to comfort and to laugh.