The island spirit

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I’m currently in vacation mode on a week-long trip to Hawaii, and its been a blast so far.

Getting away is always a good idea, but there is something special about Hawaii. Every time I visit (this is the fourth time), I come away amazed with the culture. Perhaps it is the sun, but I’m fairly sure that it is more than that. I hear it called the Aloha spirit and whatever it is, it seems to be an awesome thing.

People here seem genuinely happier and friendlier than I am used to. They seem to be less preoccupied with the shallow worldly things, and more connected with themselves, with others, and with nature. I say “seem” because that is what it is. I don’t actually know the culture, but from all observations, it seems to be true.

In any case, it is a big change from hustle in Silicon Valley. Innovation is great, but I think it is important to remember that focus should still primarily be on the important things in one’s life: family, friends, fellow human beings, and the world around us.

P.S. This is post number #86 in a 100 day blogging challenge. See you tomorrow!

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