Great fun can be had vacationing with friends/family. Most do, filling days with activity and fun, and they go home for quiet …
Some, like me, come here for the quiet …
Every visitor group (couples, families) journeys home, their own version of Maui-renewal, shared memories in paradise.
Speaking only for myself … fewer journey alone having spent great time resting their vocal cords.
Solitude is good, recommended.
Private solitude within those crowds so caught up in their own vacations, they pay no heed nor do they interfere with anyone’s private journey.
Private time without accountability to anyone to be any place at any time without need for discussion or debate about changing my mind many times every day, no schedule, no appointments, no disappointments, no stress, no clock, no restriction.
Mind explores ~ body, comes along for the ride.
Melding fantasy and realistic.
This trip has been right length for what I needed/wanted. I want to go home to resume so many plans in progress, make some new ones and discard quite a few. Resuming some, changing some, writing some …
Bringing back a sense of renewal, of resolve, not something I can easily summarize in bullet points, but sense of clarity that comes from mixing emotions with beach walks and pretty views with harsh self-talk, resolution around purpose and practice, clarifying what I am focusing upon – and why – more clearly than I have at previous junctures when I’ve uttered words to that effect …
Returning this evening (overnight), cargo of soiled clothes, peeling skin, memories interwoven with feelings felt here, ruminations scattered here.
Farewell Maui, until next time.
column written/ published from Paia, Maui, HI
morning walk: 17C/62F, light clouds, easy light breeze as I walked Baldwin Avenue – a last stop at the bakery (diet starts tomorrow) and packing now so I can be Maui dressed all day and then change for Calgary weather before boarding (my ritual is a quick change in the washroom at the Krispy Kreme by the airport – and always a good reason for a pre-flight fresh doughnut). And there will be lots of beach walking today, but for now I must pack up an check-out of here …