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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The speed of Life

I remember going on vacation to Hawaii for the first time…
The first two days drove me nuts.
Everybody moved too slowly.
That got to win the race attitude I acquired in Hollywood was missing.
The people, the life there, were too sluggish for me.
It felt like they had no destination, no purpose in life, no desire.
It bugged me tremendously.

It was about the third day at a cross road when a local waited for me, smiled and signal me to go ahead – although clearly he had the right of way.
I screeched my tires and made the left turn to a pineapple plantation road.
It was a glorious evening and the smell of ripe pineapple was intoxicating.

It hit me like a ton of bricks: “YOU, are on an island! Where the hell do you think you are going?”
When you are on an island no matter how fast you go the best that you can achieve it is to arrive back at the point of departure.
There is no destination - you are there.

The road ended and in front of me the magnificent blue ocean opened its infinite canopy.
The sun was setting and it was painting the sky in amazing Technicolor hues of gold, purple and red.
I stood there in awe and I realized:
Life is an island –you are already there.
From that day I was never in a hurry again.

Although the Hawaiians natives never tell the tourist; all the roads on the island have a speed limit:
“Happiness”

10 comments:

C said...

Zuzannnnaaaaaa!!!! I have just seen this blog of yours NOW!!!! You didn't tell me about this one!!!! You should have invited me to this one, earlier!!!! I mean, I have been visiting the other two, wondering WHY IN THE WORLD you aren't posting anything! And all the while, here you are! :)

I am glad that you enjoy Hawaii so much, dear. :) Hawaii for some reason, always seems to scare me. I think I immediately remember the great big scary tiki gods, etc.... heheheheh...

I'm glad that you are not scared of Hawaii. ♥

C said...

p.s.

My blog has a new title, my pen name has undergone a makeover... and I'm feelin' oh-so-fabulous about it! ;)

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Charity,

I need to clarify something here.
The blog belongs to my friend, I am just a co-blogger to this one. Once in a while I might post something but that work belongs to Buddha of Hollywood.

Thank you Charity for the comment. The CREDIT goes to Buddha.

Thank you again,
Zuzanna

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Charity,

I was visiting your blog but not sure if there was a change yet. Will visit you again. Thank you for checking this blog as well. Will be glad to visit yours.

My warmest wishes,
From Zuzanna

Flight said...

It's funny I'm on my second trip to Haiti since the quake and the Americans still complain about the "Haitian shuffle" (as they like to call it). I just want to shake them till they get it. The rat race has no finish line.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

So well described. I'd like to find that happy and zen medium between the ocean tides in HI and the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. I love both.

Diego said...

Thank you for the reminder, Buddha.

C said...

Okay. Got it. All the credit goes to Buddha. :)

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