“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain.
My dear Maui,
Thank you. Thank you for the last three months of pure adventure. Thank you for your beauty and spirit. Thank you for welcoming me in with open arms even on days when it seemed like I was being spit out. Thank you for giving me endless sunshine and beaches. Thank you for giving me a solid family group out here. One I could rely on to cheer me up when I was down and push me to think beyond my small town upbringing.
These three months have allowed me to grow in ways I wasn’t aware I needed. During my time here I have learned a bit about how to live a nomadic lifestyle. I have gained a new appreciation for things that I used to take for granted (composting toilets.) I have realized how much I rely on my family even if we do live ages away from one another.
Maui has taught me many realities of the “real world.” Though I am still not the next great writer, Maui has given me plenty of stories to tell. The people I have come across on this journey have taught me littles lessons or have given me an interesting perspective on life. The people who come to Maui just get it. They understand there is more to life than the hustle and bustle of a corporate world. It was beautiful to get used to the slow paced nature of this island. It was something I truly needed after living in the havoc that was New York for so long.
I have grown to appreciate the simple things in life thanks to Maui. I get excited when I see a super amazing wave at the beach or when I discover we some new plants ready for harvest in the garden. Its the little things. I will take these lessons with me everywhere I travel. Though I am leaving Maui I am forever grateful for my time here.