Post High School to Happy place
After High School one of my best friends got a scholarship to go play baseball for one of the colleges on Oahu. After his first year of school there, he was back home for summer break. He said he loved it out there and was never moving back home. He still lives there to this day. For me, unfortunately, I didn’t make it back to Oahu until after I was truly independent. Meaning, I was done with school and got a good paying job where I was able to save and pay for a vacation back there myself. By this time, another friend of mine had moved to Oahu and from all the pictures I saw it was just like I remembered. Thus, I started traveling back and forth at least a couple times a year to visit my friends. I enjoyed it every single time. The number of times I traveled to Hawaii would increase with time. Over a few years, it became clear to me that I would like to live in Hawaii at some point in my life.
There was one year, that I had purchased “the airpass”. There was an airline, “ATA”, (which no longer exists) along with Pleasant Holidays (still exists) that offered this annual pass to fly back and forth for one calendar year. Since the airline no longer exists, unfortunately this isn’t available anymore. I went to Hawaii every month that year. Hawaii became and has since been my happy place.
From where I live, I can drive for about the same amount of time to another serene place. However, there’s snow. I like to play in the snow but I don’t want to deal with it every day. Hawaii is also the closest place where I feel like I could be disconnected. It’s where I go to recharge. The number of times I travel there continues to increase. Generally speaking, it’s a common vacation destination. Even the people I know are less stressed out when they visit, and you know, that’s how I like to see everyone. I’ve taken a closer look at other west coast cities to possibly live in and they’re just not for me. Hawaii has beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Do you ever stop on the way to work or on the way home to watch? I bet you don’t. The cool tradewind breeze is soft and comforting, it makes you want to take a nap.
All of the people I know and have met in Hawaii already spend consciously. For the most part, not everyone there tries to keep up with the Joneses. I had a conversation with one of my friends and asked if he thought most folks on the island were frugal or financially responsible. He brought some good points. We agreed that our parents and the generations before us were more frugal. They didn’t have the same opportunities and technological advances as we do today. They made things work and they were not wasteful. Our generation and after, there are some folks that are financially responsible. Some folks are focused on lowering debt and/or paying of school loans. In Hawaii, I feel like I would be surrounding myself with more people that were focused on saving money and being thankful for what they have.
One of the main things I like is all the crazy delicious food. *pause*. I started a page just for food because I LOVE to eat. So I won’t get into here. *unpause* Just like the Bay Area and other parts of California, it’s very diverse. There are all kinds of ethnicities that live in the area, and with that, is the great diversity of food. Every island has it’s own perks and things it is known for. Oahu, is known as the gathering place. So it kinda feels like home which is also a big melting pot of cultures.
Probably one of the more important reasons I want to live in Hawaii is because I don’t want to regret it when I’m old and grey. You always hear stories of the shoulda, coulda, woulda. As many times as I have been to Hawaii, I think I would regret it if I didn’t at least try.