It’s true that we take things for granted. I’m always reminded of this whenever I see tourists snapping pictures around Hawaii – of people or places that have become so familiar to me.

To them, it’s like a whole new world of wonders to be explored, which is why it’s always so refreshing to see Hawaii through their eyes. To notice things again, like the warm glow of the horizon as the sun slowly sinks into its ocean bed or the textures and patterns painted on the ocean’s surface.

It’s that constant balance of new and renewed that I’ve come to grow so fond of. The moment when you’re reminded of things long forgotten; while on the other side of the spectrum, as tourists, discovery and enlightenment become one single unit.

After all, isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? As tourists, we absorb things; we soak in the sights, the sounds, the aromas like a sponge. It’s what we’ve been conditioned to do during travels, but for some reason, that inquisitive fire tends to slowly burn out upon returning home.

So let this be a lesson that no matter where in the world you are – whether a tourist or a local – take time out of your day to appreciate what’s around you. Smell the flowers, and pick them, too.


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