I’ve been delinquent in my blogging. Perhaps, it’s because I’m finding a rhythm to my life here, or it’s because I struggle to put to words all I’ve experienced in my almost 2 months here (how’d that happen?!). It’s probably a combination of the two.
I’m often asked if Hawaii is what I expected, how I’m adjusting, and how Hawaii life is going. Quick answers are simple enough, but when I consider the questions fully, I realize just how much has filled my weeks living on this bustling island in the middle of the Pacific.
I don’t really know what I expected this year to be, because coming here in itself was unexpected. I only joked about internship in Hawaii, because I didn’t think it was even a possibility. My expectations were limited, and I think that’s helped me to appreciate life simply for what it is here.
When it comes adjusting, I’ve surprised myself with my adaptability. I’ve jumped in, and whether it’s been an awkward flop, graceful dive, or somewhere in between, I’m learning everyday. Learning about God’s provision. Learning about trust. Learning about culture. Learning again and again that God’s plans prevail over my own.
As for Hawaii life, there are both joys and challenges to living on a little dot in the ocean. I’d be lying if I said the time difference and distance from home isn’t hard sometimes. Often when I’m ready to pick up the phone at the end of the day, the mainland is falling asleep. It’s a lesson in learning to be content in all circumstances and to celebrate the beauty of each day. And there’s a lot of beauty in Hawaii not just in the scenery but in the people too: people from church who invite me to do things and greet me with warm smiles each Sunday, new friends who can empathize with my transition into life here, and neighbors on the elevator who share smiles and simple greetings.
As the school year starts, my responsibilities will increase. When winter approaches, I’ll have to discern where this journey is taking me beyond internship. But that’s getting ahead of myself, because today I’m celebrating conversations over Starbucks, the joy of singing, discovering new features on Google Docs, Mat Kearney streaming in my apartment, and brownie sundaes.