Bravery. Kind of a subjective word. You might have it, you might not. Probably depends on who you ask. But for Aidan Campbell, it is completely objective. There is no debate that she has guts. It is just a cold hard fact.
Aidan, a good family friend who is going into her freshman year of college, took three different 30 day trips to the wild Alaskan bush in a coming of age rite along with her father. They have spread the expeditions over the span of 2 years, starting when Aidan was 15. She and Jim, her father, built a cabin, backpacked and canoed the hundreds of miles from civilization, and bonded together in order to live through some of the most difficult situations imaginable. They endured swarms of mosquitos, 50 below temps, raging rivers, and a stalking polar bear. Raised in Lodi, Wisconsin, the outdoors had always been a huge part of the Campbell family’s life, but ask Aidan and I’m sure she will tell you that there is a colossal difference between going out to gather berries in your backyard on a sunny day, and surviving the Alaskan wilderness. I could go on for hours about their amazing adventure, and all of its twists turns, and bumps, but it is not my story to tell. Luckily, Jim wrote an amazing book, titled “Braving It”, an account of their Alaskan adventure.
I consider myself so lucky to have grown up around so many people that constantly inspire me. Aidan is one of them. She stepped out of her comfort zone, and put herself into a situation that was in no way easy, but made her infinitely stronger. But that isn’t the only reason I look up to her. Despite her life changing experiences and strong will to fight through adversity, she is also a nice, humble person. She listens to Kanye West, loves to dance, and is somebody who you could laugh and talk for hours with. That humility, the balance of an everyday reality mixed with a soul touching experience is something I respect and can only hope to one day achieve.