“Aloha,” said the flight attendant as I hastily exited from the plane in January. “Be sure you have all of your belongings, and please wear your mask through the airport to baggage claim.”
At the time, I understood “aloha” as the mere Hawaiian word for casual hellos and goodbyes. I was excited to hear the word, of course, because it meant that I was officially on the envied island of Maui.
Maui (and the state of Hawaii overall) has enforced relatively strict policies over the course of COVID-19: negative testing prior to arrival, health questionnaires, temperature checks, mask mandates — you know the drill. Although they rely heavily on tourism for their state economy, they also comprehend the massive risk of an uncontrollable outbreak as an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. As a result, Maui has been able to maintain an extremely low number of cases.
To be honest, COVID-19 seemed to be nonexistent in Maui. For the first time in 10 months, I had the liberty of eating indoors, visiting popular tourist destinations and standing within six feet of strangers without my OCD reminding me of my upper respiratory issues.
Perhaps it was adrenaline. Perhaps it was God gracing me with a mental health break.
The depths of her surfacing emotions are oceanic — her current joys tide
in and out
as she gasps for air —
To most people, spending the holidays away from family does not exactly sound appealing, but it's a reality for many of us this year. Although this season won't be the same as usual, you can save your tears!
Allow us professionals (pilot kids, military kids, service kids, etc.) to enlighten you. Here's how you can make the most of this odd holiday season even if you won't physically be with your loved ones.
To go on vacation or not to go on vacation — that is the question. Hundreds of thousands of schools, universities and other public institutions are closing worldwide, so should we really take that trip out west we have been planning for months?
Listen, “hate” is a strong word. I use it sparingly – in writing, anyway. But, this whole “social media fast” trend has got me fed up (or should I say, passionate) enough to use it.
Fasting from social media seems totally peachy and admirable from a single glance, but it is imperative that the root desires of the fast are internally investigated. What is the purpose of fasting to begin with? Why do we want to fast? Why do we so deeply feel the need to fast from social media specifically?
Our society is awesome at drowning us in the notion that the "perfect body" is not only something that’s expected of us but is also something that’s attainable. A couple months ago, I was taking a pleasant little nature walk up north, looking for the perfect instagrammable leaf. After walking around, leafless, for a good 10 minutes, I realized that I had painted this predispositioned picture of the "perfect leaf" in my mind. There were none to be found, as even the seemingly "perfect" leaves were discolored or dismembered somewhere. The perfect leaf was not attainable.
What if I told you that perfection will never be attainable for our bodies either?