A trip to Maui teaches more than just relaxation.
I’m thankful for this island. Saying goodbye is tough, and as I go, I’m taking a couple important thoughts with me. I’ve learned and seen a lot here, and can’t afford to let myself forget anything.
My energy, happiness, and overall well-being has been at an all time high while exploring Maui, and I’m determined to not let it fade when I return home.
Island time is a beautiful thing, teaching me to stay calm and observe. My days here have been lived out with full potential, taking advantage of each little opportunity I could get myself into. I saw rainbows dive between ancient rocks of piled lava, bit into sweet fruit freshly picked from a tree, and dove into some of the clearest waters while sea turtles swam all around me. I hung out in the hammock, watching the sun rise as tropical birds sang familiar tunes, and stargazed each night, almost touching the moon. Serenity has been a consistent theme throughout my trip, feeling a true balance from dusk to dawn.
I struggle a bit with time, and when I’m home, seem to let the days pass by a bit too easily, wasting precious time that I’ll never get back. I’m aware that the scenery on this island is unlike anywhere else, and that I will not have papayas growing from my apartment’s fire escape in the city of Pittsburgh. But I also realize that, as cliché as it might be, each second of the day is a gift and Maui put me back on track with that mindset. Whether I’m exploring a volcano or a back alleyway of the concrete jungle I like to call home, my days are special and I need to be as thankful for the ones I have in reality, as the ones I had in Hawaii.
On my plane ride back to the main land I began painting a picture in my mind of what life could be if I really lived each day through like I did on this journey. The image is colorful and bright, dripping in happiness just like a Hawaiian rainbow. I owe this place a big “Mahalo” as I leave with a heart full of new life.
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