I came to an upsetting realization today. While walking up the road with Mochi, my eyes on the pavement and a million thoughts running through my head, I thought, “Wow, it feels really humid today.” I looked up toward Haleakala and saw blue skies and gray, wispy clouds clinging to its side and wondered if it was a clear enough day to see the ocean from our house. This is when I realized that it was 10:30 in the morning and I hadn’t even looked out the window at the ocean. I had even walked down our driveway on the start of our walk and somehow never looked up.
I love the ocean. That’s why I live way out in the middle of one. When I was 17 I moved from the Sacramento Valley to San Diego. Not only did I now live closer to the ocean, I lived in Point Loma, right on the coast. I had an ocean view from my dorm room at Point Loma Nazarene University.
I would gaze at the sparkling blue water on my way to class, while I was eating at the cafeteria, from the track during P.E. class, and even from the windows of my chemistry lab. As an excited new freshman I vowed to never take for granted this beauty that surrounded me.
When we moved to Maui almost 9 months ago, I couldn’t believe how easily we found our little cottage and that we were even blessed with a view of the ocean, west Maui and Lana’i. Once again, I vowed to never take this for granted.
The thing is, I consider myself a pretty oblivious person. I could be running down a trail and run smack dab into someone if Brandon didn’t yank me out of the way. Maybe I can blame this in part on hardly ever wearing my glasses, but probably not. Sometimes I find myself so caught up in my head or my iPhone that I don’t notice much around me. I realized that happened today. I don’t know how long we will be here on Maui, so while we are here I want to take it all in, absorb it, and never ignore it. I want to see more, experience more and all in all just do more.
My hope for myself and for you is that wherever we are, we will take a look around. Take our eyes off the pavement, look out our windows, notice people around us. Put our phones down while we’re with friends or in a room full of strangers. Look up, notice the beauty surrounding us, take it all in and never take it for granted.