Twenty years ago today, I stood in frustration, tears, and pain on a lanai as I looked at one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Ahead of me, I could see that the sun was waking up, the day about to begin. Diamond Head stood strong in the distance. Just in front of me was a beautiful beach with the waves hitting the shore. Below me, hotel staff busied themselves with putting out chairs in preparation for some event later that morning. It was around 7:30 in the morning when I decided to take off my glasses and place
Have you ever asked yourself, “what would my life be like if I made a different choice?” I ask myself that all the time. I don’t ask because I regret where my life is now, but rather out of curiosity. If I could go back and change things about my life, I doubt I would change a thing. I love my life at this moment. Changing the past would change my present. That said, looking back at my past 43 years of life, I wish I knew that… One fight with my best friend would forever end a friendship I valued.
On this day, 16 years ago, my life changed forever. It didn’t change for the worse or better, although things were quite tough for a while. They just changed my world, and even the world around those who loved me most, and helped to shape me into the woman I am today. Every year, when this date comes around, I find myself remembering and reflecting. In some ways I think of it as a rebirth-day because it was a day of rebirth in many ways. For the first few years, I would find my mood shift to one of restlessness