The above photograph shares precisely what New York Yankees Women's Fantasy Camp feels like ---JOY! Yes, total and utter joy.
This was my fifth year returning as a spectator and it feels like returning home. Knowing my way around the airport, the feel of the hotel as I walk in, curling up into the most comfortable bed, seeing familiar faces and falling back in as if we had just seen each other yesterday. It is good, so very good.
Five years ago when I boarded the plane I had no idea what to expect. This was my aunts dream and I was just along for the ride. There were a bit of nerves about the unexpected and an excitement around what was to come.
Never in a million years did I think that my heart would open up to an incredible family. Yet it did. There was this amazing Bomber Family that melded together so well. It has grown and expanded and is still so strong. For this I am grateful!
These women inspire me. They push me further than I thought I could go. They remind me that through laughter we can get through anything and that we have to show up and tell the truth. They don't let failure stand in their way. They keep on showing up and and always remember to have a good time.
Yankees Camp has taught me that there will be moments when we will not be sure what what the situation will hold, but we have to take the risk anyway. With no expectations and an open heart a whole new world has the possibility of opening up. And that is exactly what has happened.
I am forever changed from the individuals I have met at camp. The kindness I have been shown. The stories that have been shared. The laughter, the goodness, and the beauty of being able to be wholly and unapologetically who you are.
Yes, Yankees Women's Fantasy Camp is where dreams come true. Where you put on the pinstripes and meet the legends. But it is also so much more than that. It is friendship and love!