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Sometimes what we perceive as normal, is not the same normal for everyone else.
This past Christmas, my wife and I had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii for the holidays. While we had a bit of a stressful hiccup, we eventually made it to our sunny destination and it was worth the agony of travel.
Typically I associate the holidays with snow, warm clothing and dark days. Add in the traditional Christmas music and decorations and the calm and peace of a quiet day and you have what I would deem as the norm.
But in Hawaii, things were anything but that. Yes, there was some music and decorations, but the vibe wasn’t anything like I had expected to feel. It was different. Almost as if it was like any other day. The same sunshine, the same warmth and the same people going about their business. Some businesses were closed in the Waikiki area, but people were out on the beach, doing what they normally do. Enjoying themselves.
Hawaii is not like the rest of the mainland. It has a different feel to its culture and atmosphere. I think in large part to the influences it has had over the years. I won’t argue that there are a lot of tourists and the main business hub is driven by it, but even without it, Hawaii tends to beat to its own rhythm.
My wife and I fell in love with this place. It’s easy to overlook some of the potential flaws (high cost of living or the homelessness situation for one) and to look at the true benefits. But for us, it’s what we needed. After a year of stress, it was truly what we needed.
Thank you to my lovely wife for helping make this happen. You can find her here… Tisheyelens
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