anybody that’s been reading this (hello? anyone??) will be aware that my month here in maui is winding to a close. but fear not, gentle reader (hello?), for i have decided to travel on! having gotten up the nerve to come out here by myself and having found it a worthwhile and successful venture, i shall use that as momentum to propel me forward to yet another fascinating destination. in fact, if things go as planned, there will be three more fascinating destinations. one month in each. so if you like action, suspense, drama, comedy, and the occasional bit of melancholy—stay tuned!
i gotta say, i’m a little bit scared of what i’m doing, but i prefer using fear to drive me forward rather than letting it be something that holds me back. also, my grandma’s card (told you i’d quote it) says this:
Live deep. Never stop learning, playing, or finding wonder in the world around you. Live the length of your life, but live the depth of it as well.
Make mistakes. Follow detours. Sometimes it takes an unexpected turn to help us find the life that is waiting for us around the bend. Trust yourself and the path that is meant for you.
that last line is very important. for a long time, i didn’t do that. didn’t go with my gut or trust my instincts. they were there all along telling me that i had strayed from my path, but it gets hard to stick to your path when others (society in general, loved ones in specific) think it’s wrong—and tell you so. but you have to be who you were meant to be. and maybe that means you’re not lawyer material. or you don’t want to be an accountant. maybe it means marriage and family aren’t your thing. hell, maybe it means you’re gay. or a man trapped in a woman’s body or something like that. (note: i’m speaking in general terms now—not about myself; not that there’s anything wrong with these things…just saying.) the point is, know yourself. love yourself, even if that self isn’t who others would like you to be. and:
Take care of yourself. And sometimes that means you need the ice cream. Be good to your body, but also to your mind and spirit. You’re the only one who can.
listen to grandma, people. grandma always knows. and do trust anyone who recommends ice cream therapy. i’m living proof that it works.