Life can change in an instant. I planned a 2-week vacation to Hawaii. First to see my friend who lives in Oahu and then a week with my brother and sister-in-love who live in Maui.
My anticipation to see my friend in Oahu changed with a text/phone message indicating she had a change of her plans and would not be able to guarantee I would see her. Was I bummed, yes! Did I turn it around to a positive – bigger YES!
Realizing I would spend the first week in Oahu by myself I made a list of all the places I would go and experience. What I soon understood was it was not going to be about the places I would see but the people I would encounter.
There is something special when you travel alone. I realized this instantly as I spent six hours on the plane from San Diego talking to a 19-year old kid who was going to Hawaii to serve at the Hickman Pearl Harbor base. He had only been in the Navy for a year and had a new assignment. Learning about his life in gangs, drugs and having a father who spent most of his time in prison, it was a time of listening and offering encouragement and wisdom.
Each day I am talking and engaging with new people.
My time at Pearl Harbor I encountered some Indonesian Military men and had a wonderful conversation of their desire to be at the memorial. I also had a wonderful time talking to a gentleman who was a veteran (he didn’t want to be photographed) and knew a lot about the days of the Pearl Harbor attack.