Growing up I never thought I would live in the land of "WKRP in Cincinnati". (and yes I realize I may be dating myself by remembering that show.)"But maybe think of me once in a while"
But we are here...safely ensconced in the eastern portion of the central mid-western U-nited States of America.
Home of the Reds and the Bengals and some pretty damn good music.
Honestly we gave Kauai a pretty good run. I wouldn't trade our time there for anything. I was talking today with some close friends from our time on the 'Island'. My friend Julian asked how I was enjoying driving without leaning to the right or left (for those not in the know...the road on Kauai is one big U (you can't even drive in circles.) It kinda left me thinking about how Kauai is like a mobius strip...no matter where you go, there you are, staring deeply into your own eyes. There is only so long that you can stare into your soul before you become neurotic. I speak from experience.
When you come to the island things are wonderful at first...you get 6-9 months to acclimate before everything you ever avoided in life comes barreling at you head first. And on an island the size of a postage stamp with the energy impact of a large vortex...you escape NOTHING!!! Turn from the problem and you turn to face it. Turn again and it's right in front of you. It stares deeply into your eyes as you feel its breath on the back of your neck. You either face your demons or they consume you.
After a while though, you do finally come to a space of peace...and that is the point where the island either keeps you or tells you it's time to move on. Basically...if Kauai is a paradise and you can afford to enjoy all she has to offer...stay. Otherwise GO!!!! NOW!!! because if you don't leave then you spend a bit of time in hell.
Don't believe me? Let me elaborate. Think of the paradise of Hawaii...the sun, the sand, the beauty...
Now think of being unable to afford to drive your car DOWN the hill to the beach on a hot day because it's a choice between gassing the car up and feeding your child. Believe me I've lived that and it is hell.
I've found that it's time to tear my eyes away from inward contemplation and begin to see again the things that exist on the horizon. To scan out potential and future and life. To LIVE again instead of examining the minutia of my soul.
It's all worthy work...but sometimes...
you need to know when to fold them.