Last week, Youth Without Borders' Spark Engineering Camp was held in Brisbane, Queensland. It was the third year of operations and the first year where my involvement was purely observational.
There is something amazing to be said for seeing a project taken from concept to execution.
There is something even more spectacular about seeing it be truly owned by the next generation, and taken to heights beyond what you might have imagined for it.
I am so immensely proud of the Spark Engineering Camp team, their professionalism and their candour; humbled by their capacity and what they have done for over 60 young people around the state.
They were able to take this group of young people - all with beautiful stories of their own and many from backgrounds that do not lend themselves to university or engineering aspirations - and broaden their horizons, empowering them forever more.
I visited the camp on the last night and was inundated by positive comments. One young student, an extremely quiet and still lad, put it quite simply.
"It hasn't just helped me with choosing what I want to do. It's done so much more. It's made me come out of my shell..."
Words cannot do justice to the power of this experience.
As I was leaving the camp after the visit on the final night, my heart twisted slightly, for an unfathomable reason.
Lying in bed, I realised it was the heartache of seeing something you had worked on grow beyond you...
...coupled with the realisation that this is the greatest thing that can ever happen.
We can hold onto what we love; people, organisations, projects, but holding on for too long can sometimes be the very cause of its stifling and demise.
It isn't an easy thing to do there is no doubting that. But it is in act of love in itself.
Giving space for growth is a beautiful gift and one that shouldn't be underestimated.
I must warn you though: the results may very well inspire you.
(PS Stay tuned for the video of the week!)