Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.
I stood in this exact spot, speechless, and thought to myself, “How grateful I am, that I get to explore these beautiful places on Mother Earth”.
While everyone was putting down their roots I was busy building my wings.
I was born in mothers hometown in Germany. I grew up in the old home she was born in and called home her whole life, until one day she met my dad, who was stationed in the Army there. They had three kids while living there, my older sister, younger brother and myself. One day decided that it was time to move to America. A place my father called home for most of his life. It was a place we would visit as children and always had a special place in my heart.
Moving to North Caroline, a place many people were born and raised I quickly felt different than the Unwilling to put down any sort of roots and spending more time planning where I would go next. An unbreakable bond between building my wings so I could finally fly. I counted down the days till I was 18 and hit the highway as quickly as I could, driving until I reached the sandy shores of Wilmington. I stayed there for a little while until I took off again, this time following my heart (ok...ok...I followed this handsome guy I married stationed at Fort Bragg). I've spent a great deal of my time envying those who put down roots and often wondered why my family is so unwilling to stay in one place for long. I realize that even though I might not have what most people have; deep roots in their hometown, with friends they've known a lifetime. There's something incredibly beautiful about being free. Not being tied to a place, but instead grounded deep in the people we love, even when some of those people are across the world.
My parents raised us to value being able to be free within our dreams, ideas, and thoughts. To always be selective with what we fill our days with, as this would be what our life would be.
It's in the end what made the decision of moving to Maui even easier. Knowing that flying to whatever destination my heart longed for was ok. This is the first place I've lived at where I could see myself for a long time. I think part of me will always...continued in comments!