I know it might be a little late but I wanted to reflect on this past weekend. It was one of those incredible weekends that make me feel so blessed to call Hawai'i home. We spent the entire weekend camping on the beach, frying fresh fish from the sea, swimming with dolphins, floating on the ocean all day, and enjoying each others company. I barely took out my camera and enjoyed myself without looking through a lens. I don't even feel an ounce of regret for the lack of documentation of an amazing weekend [even though I love sharing my point of view.]
I did, however, randomly wake up early one morning [not on purpose.. of course] to catch the Super Moon setting and snapped a quick photo. It was one of those moments that still have me moon struck. The beach was quiet, almost no one else was awake, and I briefly enjoyed a moment between the moon and me.
I mean, this is it. This is life I decided to live. And I'm okay with that.
Some friends and I had a brief discussion about being born and raised in Hawai'i. Not very many people can say that. There are 7 billion people in this world and a little under 1.3 million* people that call Hawai'i home. So we are a very small population of people from the islands. If I did the math correctly, we account for under .02% of the world. Now I'm not trying to get all high and mighty. I am just feeling incredibly appreciative. This is a place some people can only dream about visiting and others who come back every year because of its tropical magic. It just gives me all the more reason to feel in awe of its beauty and place in my heart.
I have deep gratitude and love for my home. I don' think I could have said that last year. I was still searching for something without realizing it was here all along. And my love for this place will keep growing. I know it.
A weekend [and a lifetime] well spent.
*that number is based off of full-time residences, not people who were actually born and raised in Hawai'i. But for a lack of information on actual Hawai'i-born residents, I am basing my numbers on the State census.