A friend of mine from California who is coming for the holidays called me and she asked what could she bring for gifts for my kids and I. How odd to finally feel, after five years of living on the island and away from Silicon Valley, that we don’t need anything. No more balls or toys or clothes or stuff.
Living small in Hawaii means you have to be very discerning of what you bring in, because it means something else has to leave. The holidays for us are more about giving each other the gift of time. Planning a hike, a beach adventure or a camping trip. The Joneses don’t live near us so there’s no keeping up.
I posted this on my 365 Things to Do in Kona Facebook page and the responses were great. Here are a few:
“It’s so freeing to have “time…. not so much “stuff”!!! It’s only stuff!!! We live simple, with only what we love…and since moving to Hawaii Island, it’s getting to be less & less”
“Love this! One of my favorite things about living on this island is that I no longer feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses!” It’s so liberating!”
“We watch “Hawaii Life” here on the mainland. Fun show, but sadly many couples are still into stuff mode. Comments like “all our furniture won’t fit” or “when we entertain we need a big space”, and my favorite “there’s no storage space”. Always wonder if these folks make it there if they can’t leave that mentality behind.”
“I can’t wait to get rid of all our stuff when we are finally able to make the move! For me the best stuff I will leave behind are all my winter coats, boots, gloves!”
“As every life should be lived. American Indians believed that your possessions owned you, you didn’t own your possessions. You only keep as much as you can carry.”
Your comments are welcome!