Kainoa, Stuff We Love, Travel

Daily Prompt: Adult Visions

IMG_1659As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life?

My adult life is very much like what I imagined it would be and this is why:

I’ve pursued my love of traveling. There is something about becoming intimately familiar with a new place. Experiencing a city is a multi-sensory experience. The body experiences everything about the city through all the senses; sights, sounds, smells, textures and language, culture, and history all come to life. Traveling also interrupts daily routines and forces someone to learn and adapt quickly. I’ve learned to rely on myself and to be resourceful. Being somewhere new means trying new things that I might never do at home, but it’s also meant developing a greater appreciation for my own culture. When I’m away, I can genuinely appreciate the similarities and differences between the host culture and my own.

I’ve lived a life of trying new things. When I’m in a position to do something different or try something new, I’ve always asked myself, “Why not?”. I surrender to the moment and to whatever may come my way. In doing so, it’s much easier to recognize the beauty and magic of a moment or an image or a feeling, than to remain closed off. There is wonder in everything. One just needs to open the heart and mind to see it. Being receptive has allowed me to experience some of the most interesting and amazing things in the world.

I’m happy. I’ve learned not to take myself so seriously and by doing so, I don’t dwell on the negative. Sure, there are rough days, but dwelling on the positive rather than the negative or not good enough definitely changes my entire outlook on life and I’m genuinely happy for it.

 

Daily Prompt: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/adult-visions/

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Kainoa is a hula practitioner, higher education professional, student, and aspiring lifestyle maven. During her free time, she enjoys writing, solo travel, photography, and the domestic arts.