Updated: Oct 13, 2020
In light of social distancing, we are still human and have the need to connect with one another. The idea of social distancing goes against everything we are taught and accustomed to greeting each other with a kiss on the cheek or a hand shake.
There have been a million stories around the world about people connecting via their balconies singing, having happy hour zoom meetings, and celebrating holidays six feet apart from each other. I have been fortunate enough to be sheltered here in Honolulu. As a full time remote worker the last few years, I came here to meet a friend of mine and was only supposed to stay 10 days and now I’m going on my 8th week here. I wake up every morning grateful to be here. Although things are closed here, I am able to still be in nature and the beach for exercise. I’ve built a morning routine of walking, yoga and meditation followed by breakfast and then signing on to work.
SIP IN HAWAII!
This is the first time in months, probably even years that I’m sitting still. I haven’t sat still in I don’t remember. This is the first time for many of us that we do not have a plane ticket anywhere. This is the first time that I’m really living - creating a home, buying groceries, supplies, household items and so forth. When I used to live in San Francisco, my friends called my Townsend home the food free zone as I was always away, I never kept any food and now I have a fully stocked fridge and participating in master cooking classes and online live classes with the Four Seasons hotel in Punta Mita. Today’s mixology class was on mojitos. Super inspired afterwards, I went to Whole Foods and got all the ingredients. Who would've thought I would be making mojitos here.
That’s the beauty of connection—it’s inspiration.
Through connection, we get inspired to do many different things we wouldn’t normally do. It’s through connection, I stayed here. I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
It’s through connection that I was able to network even during COVID-19 with florists to ship dried and fresh leis to the mainland and internationally. It’s through connection that I was able to go horseback riding and it’s through connection that I found my home here for the next month.