This summer has been a whirlwind for me. Spending 2 months in New York City, being home for a short two weeks (where all I did was work to try and replenish my bank account), and then jetting off 4,000 miles to vacation in Maui for 2 more weeks was a crazy, busy summer. Of course it went by at the speed of light.
Being in New York was the best experience of my entire life, I came back from the city an entirely new person, more of a weary-traveler you could say. I also came back with a huge appreciation for Wisconsin that I never had before. It took being away from Madison for a summer to appreciate how cool of a town Madison really is; with the union, State Street, Bascom Hill, and countless other attractions that I took for granted my twenty years of living there. I actually missed Madison while I was in New York.
And then I came to Hawaii. I don't think there could be any more polar opposites as far as lifesyles go in the United States, than NYC and Hawaii. It's almost like the Hawaiians know something that the rest of the US doesn't, a sort of "island secret". Their way of life is so laid-back. It's so unburdened compared to the New York way of life. The Hawaiians would take one look at a New Yorker and just go "but WHY?!". In Hawaii, it is completely acceptable to walk into the grocery store in nothing but a bikini, nobody gives you a second glance. It's like that Kenny Chesney song "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" is their motto for life. I like that simplicity. It makes you realize what's truly important in life. Which I guess is basically soaking up the sun, and emjoying every second of every day. Mmmmm, lovely.
image via google.