We leave Maui tomorrow. I don't know why but I always feel a little sad when we pack up and close the door to our condo. These feelings have been going on for several years. I remember one time about 10 years ago I cried the entire way to the airport. What is it about this place that causes such strong feelings?
I have some ideas.....the ocean and the sound of the waves crashing bring me peace and comfort. My 'go to' app when I can't sleep is the sound of the ocean. It soothes me. There's also a wonderful lack of urgency over here. No rushing around, no stress about being late. We take each day as it comes. We walk, we swim, we go to the gym and exercise. Some days we read for hours out on the sea wall.
The other thing I love is the humidity and the warmth. This time of year it's not too hot and it is very comfortable! Days on end with shorts and tank tops and flip flops...... So nice! The only time I ever wear shoes is when we walk or go to the gym. I love that....I love being casual and comfortable, just throwing a hat on my head when my hair is dirty! That's a vacation😄
This island also brings back great memories of our visits with my nephew Geoff. As I mentioned in my last blog he died recently and we are missing him very much. But on Maui I feel closer to him and know he is with us in spirit, watching over us and smiling because we are having such a great time.
Our trips to Lanai are also a highlight and it's always hard to leave that island. We were married there and truly feel pampered and at home at the Four Seasons. What a blessing it is to spend a few days of 'real' vacation there. No laundry....no cooking...no grocery shopping. Just gorgeous blue ocean and amazing meals. They really did it right with the renovation. I'm feeling spoiled and full of their island spirit for sure🌴
Today we are meeting with some of Geoff's friends and tomorrow we fly home. Will I cry again this year as we drive along the ocean? Maybe...probably....it's been an emotional roller coaster since my diagnosis in July and tears come easily. So if I want to cry I will! But some of those tears will be happy tears of gratitude that we are blessed to have this vacation every single year. And excited tears because I get to see my kids and grandkids and friends and extended family over the holidays. I think all of that deserves some genuine emotion!!
I hope each and every one of you can find your 'happy place' today. Even if you are sitting at your desk or busy at work. Close your eyes and relax and take a minute to breathe and visualize your favorite vacation memories.....Mahalo and Blessings to you all for your continued support and encouragement 🌺💕🏄