Farewell to Maui. And Mahalo. Maui no ka oi – Maui the best. It really is. No comparison, the most beautiful Hawaiian island. And from my experience, some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world.
But the time has come. And so we close the first chapter in our Fab Fifties Grand Adventure.
Hawaii was a great place to test the water on this new lifestyle; still in English-speaking territory and still using the US dollar. Also still within our access as far as our technology. That’s a big one.
We learned some things about packing (or more accurately over-packing). We learned some things about staying on budget. I was able to make some decisions on shoes (I’ve long tormented myself on this question) but I’m still undecided whether or not to cut all my hair off.
But one of the best things that has come from our 26 days here is affirmation. Affirmation that we can go days without talking to anyone but each other and feel fine with that. Affirmation that we can be healthy and active and stronger each day of our journey. And most importantly affirmation that a fabulous life can be ours, without all that “stuff”.
These are the choices we have made. They are our choices and are not for everyone. But I recommend each person should reevaluate where they are in their Fabulous Fifties and adjust as needed.
Recently someone challenged me, charging that not everyone has the means to fly off and travel around the world. True to some degree, but honestly most people could do it if they really wanted to. But that isn’t what this is about anyway. The travel part of our Fab Fifty journey is a small part of the bigger goal. That goal is to live an authentically happy life. Every single day. And to live each day without regret. As if it were our last. Because we know well it could be.
Living authentically and choosing to be happy doesn’t mean you must travel around the world, retire from your job or sell your house. You can be authentically happy without doing any of those things. Making choices to let go of people, things and situations that are blocking your path to authentic happiness is the goal. Only you know what those things are.
Personally for me letting go of politics and the crazy political things people post on Facebook is one of the things I have made a conscious decision to let go of. I don’t read it. I don’t share it. I don’t let it rule my thoughts – it is one thing I can control on my personal happiness journey.
Only you have the control for your own path. Whatever that is. Just do it and do it today.
NOTE – we are headed back to the state of Washington to regroup for a week and then head to a three week Eastern WA and Idaho adventure. I’ll blog with you then. Until then – Go. Be. Happy.