After a long couple of flights we made it to Kauai, Hawaii. I am often reminded when I am here that Kauai, and the Hawaiian islands are the most remote island chain on earth. You fly and fly and fly and finally you are here. Kauai is like the backcountry of Hawaii. remote, even more laid back, and not overdeveloped. We have been to Maui, and Maui is fine, but many parts are busy and full. You are hard pressed to find ‘busy’ and ‘full’ here on Kauai. You are hard pressed to find nightlife on the island of Kauai, but that is not something we are to hip on with a fellow traveler who is three years old named JD who wants to build sand castles early in the morning.
It took a few days for me, but there was that inevitable feeling of winding down, relaxing and not really caring what day it is, was, etc. I am there. What day is it? When you are here on the island there is a concept called, island time, or Kauai time. It is laid back. I think it took us about twenty minutes to get a sandwich at Subway, but who cares, it is warm and sunny. What hurry are we in? None.
The green here is brilliant green, deep, in a way that contrasts against the red sand that dots the landscape as you peer around this island. The ocean is a deep blue, one that invites you see what lies beneath. On our second day I did a little bit of snorkeling at Anini beach and it was not the most exciting reef I have ever snorkeled in, but who cares I was in the warm water and snorkeling in December. I moved around looking for some fish and found a few here and there, but all of a sudden I was face to face with a sea turtle. I was a bit taken aback and moved away quickly as the turtle looked on at me in a curious way. He was not phased by me and I went back in to observe him, or her, not sure. I was blown away that here was a sea turtle and me, and not much else. Maybe a sense of peace.
Excuse me if I have written about this before but somewhere I read that when Bill Gates was the head of Microsoft he would take off a few weeks a year and go into isolation and read and think and have almost no contact with the outside world. While I am not on some Gatesein sabbatical I do think everyone needs to disconnect, step away and recharge. You are not that important, life will go on without you if you don’t read that email.
Most people get that here I have yet to run into the wannabe CEO who is on their cell phone at the pool while their family waits for them to interact. That is not recharging, that is not sabbatical.
I am for relaxing and recharging. Get away, do your thing. Then go back and charge the world -for now, I will try and go do that relaxing and recharging thing.
Carpe Diem my friends…..