Malamalama and feeling alive

“Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs.” – Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

Next week, one of my best friends, Malama, will be leaving the Hawaii life to seek new adventures with her love in North Carolina. Her decision to let go and follow her heart has sparked some kind of courage inside me and among our group of friends. I’d like to take a chance and move to another country, far away from my comfortable little island. Sometimes, when you work the same 9-5 shifts, eat lunch at the same bistro, see the same people, have the same, mundane conversations, it takes something extreme to make you feel alive again – alive as in feeling terrified, nervous or even in love. Sure, your blood pressure will rise above normal, but how often do we feel these emotions and live in the moment?

Yeah I guess you can say that I’m challenging you to enjoy feeling scared – get that heart pumping! Being comfortable is great…when you’re in your 70s. But by the time I turn 70, I want to have a lot of “alive” moments under my 30-year-old elastic, sequin belt and feel the excitement (brought on from my memories) course through my wrinkly, chubby body.

Malama, this is going to be a wondrous adventure for you. You will probably encounter obstacles that don’t exist in Hawaii, like driving with aloha or people that cannot even pronounce your name. You will probably become frustrated trying to find the closest Asian food store or someone who will eat your kale salad or share your love for pickles. But this experience is going to make you feel alive. Everything will be put into a different perspective and you will discover innovative ways to create adventure with such little island resources. I hope you find what you are seeking in North Carolina. Don’t ever stop being yourself and feeding that hungry, kind soul of yours.

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