Starting fresh.

Hawaii was probably one of the best experiences of my life. Everything about that place was beautiful. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was beautiful, the people were beautiful. My time spent there was just as beautiful as well.

I stayed in Hawaii for a week for a childhood friend’s destination wedding. I spent the majority of the time with my friends and co-groomsmen from Oxnard. We were at beaches and tourist attractions by day and night swimming in hotel pools by night. We met up with the rest of the bridal party as well for late night parties and festivities. It was paradise.

I ate so much great food there as well. A local katsu place stole all my attention and we ended up eating there twice. I also slowly became obsessed with Henry’s Ice Cream, which is conveniently a stone’s throw away from that katsu place- I visited almost every day of my stay. I must say, vacations do cost a pretty penny. I noticed this when we went out for literally every meal of the day.

The wedding day came and I couldn’t help but be genuinely happy for my friend, Rob. It’s not very often that we talk seriously; but, man.. I was so proud and so very jealous at the same time. I won’t harp on too long about it- but to find a beautiful bride and a love to last a lifetime. She has a beautiful and closely-knit family that give them so much love and support. That’s amazing. I can only dream of having that.

That day, we all came together to celebrate their union. Ew. I sound like a priest. I had so much fun that whole day. I met so many beautiful people and had so much fun with them. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.

Now, we’re back to reality. I am able to take a step back and reflect on Hawaii. Here’s a few things that I have observed.

  1. It’s nice to take a break from reality or adulting. Hawaii was a huge stress reliever and probably released any frustration I stored from work and life in general. I honestly should take some time off of work periodically, instead of being extremely stingy about my vacation hours in case that I ever need them. (I have a bunch  of vacation hours stored up… yeah don’t ask.)
  2. I filled up so much of my luggage with workout gear; but never got to use it. I suppose I need to map my time out better in order to accommodate Crossfit. Though I know that my time was spent actually having fun and enjoying vacation- not doing Crossfit left a void and I really missed it. Coincidentally, I did not gain any weight from Hawaii, despite feeling fatter.
  3. The bros have become closer than ever. We have finally realized that we don’t need technology to have fun. It’s a bit silly; but, I feel like we kinda just found out that we actually really enjoy each other’s company. We now talk in our group chat about planning our next outing with just da boyz.
  4. Speaking of bros, it was amazing to travel with my brother. My brother is absolutely 100% my best friend. I’m thankful that I have a best friend who shares the same blood in his veins. Somehow, I feel like that is uncommon nowadays. Though we are very close, our schedules never really align to take a vacation. Hawaii was a good one.
  5. It’s okay to meet people and it’s okay to be social. This has been a struggle for me for the past few years, as I dealt with a bunch of self-esteem issues. I met so many amazing and beautiful people. I loved that experience and I hope that I can maintain those friendships while creating new ones.
  6. The laws that govern attraction between two individuals are very confusing. I’m just going to leave it at that. And no- I did not return to America with a new girlfriend.

To conclude, new experiences and new people have somewhat opened my eyes. I’m slowly learning that it can be fun getting out of my comfort zone every now and then.