They say that a picture says a 1000 words, not to worry I won’t bore you with nearly that many! I have been fortunate enough to get to travel a bit, and my favorite spot is right here, literally, on this beach. Keawakapu Beach sits right below my parents house and as big as it is you would think that more people would be here, yet this is typical of a busy afternoon! I expect to retire at this spot, growing old sitting here drinking some Maui Brewing Company Beer, bbq’ing some fresh Ahi or Ono. Simple things really appeal to me! Play golf with the fam, relax at house for a bit, pack up the kids, the cooler, and the chairs and sit here and watch the tourists get pile driven into the sand by the waves that roll into the shore.
The beauty of being in a business that does not require your every day presence is you can wake up early in the morning, grab the laptop, a couple rockstars, the paper (yes I still read it, ironic since i have the laptop in my hands as well), and sit on the beach and “work” for a few hours! Wife and kids won’t be up for a few hours, so some quiet time, on the beach, alone, and did I mention quiet!
Someday I will come back to retire here, guess i have to put my kids through college or something, guess that’s the deal I signed up for! Must have been intoxicated when I signed that deal! Let’s just hope they are much smarter than I and maybe just maybe they will get scholarships and I will skate free of the ridiculous cost of higher education! For a brief second I had wished that I was home so I could go watch the Open at Olympic, but then I was handed another beer and I continued playing Beach Bocci. How quickly that thought left my mind! SF, see you soon.
I was recently at my daughter’s Gymboree class and found that little kids have amazing will! She has not crawled prior to this day, I suppose you could say that she “inch worms” around, and has a great way of getting around by simply rolling over a few times! On this day, however, no rolling, just good ole fashion army crawl! She was fixated on the napkin that I dropped out of my pocket unintentionally and she started crawling! She stopped a few times, looked at me, looked at the napkin, and started going again. As if to say “Can I make it?” and she did, and she was happier than could be!
I started looking around at the other kids in the class and it seemed to be a common theme. I sat there that day and I thought to myself how do people lose this motivation to achieve? I am probably victim to this, as I assume are most, and I just wonder at what point did we all forget this emotion? I looked at my wife and i said “She never gives up, does she?” Her response was a bit odd given the moment and the fact that I had not said a word until that point but she simply said “She can’t, she doesn’t know how to.” I guess it is our job as parents to keep this mentality present in their lives and more so in our own lives to lead by example. With that, I guess I have to be more aggressive in my dreams. How can I give up on my dreams and teach my daughters how to give up? Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint. I have to remember that, and I am not sure I will forget this day for some time!
I came home today and really just wanted to watch the basketball game…somehow the convincing of my daughter had me out on a beautiful day making art out of our driveway. I realized during my masterpiece that I had detached myself from all the stress of work, the worries of a 7.5month pregnant wife and was completely in a different world. For that hour or so I was 100% stress free. The kid in me came out, making me realize that maybe that should be taking place a bit more…I suggest you take time to be a kid again, afterall how much stress is there as a kid! None!