Whether it was on the beach, out walking around town, paddle boarding (yes, I did it!) or at Cisco Brewery, I was happy and carefree. It is great to just wake up with no pressures – no phone calls or emails to respond to, no meetings to attend. I definitely need to reward myself and take advantage of the time that I am afforded to do this more often.
However, I’d be lying if I did not acknowledge the moments where my mind wandered and I caught myself thinking about the past and the adversity I have overcome to get here. It wasn’t feelings of sadness or depression, but rather, joy and jubilance. If you had told me back in 2008 I would be riding a paddle board in the ocean, traversing through massive yachts, I would have told you that you were nuts. For the past nine years, nothing has been perfect – be it law school, the bar exam, seizures, weakness or more surgeries. Yet, this week was an exception.
All of this made me realize that everything in life is in flux and nothing is permanent. I watched the waves rush in and then wash out. Ferries dropped people off and then came back to pick people up to bring them home. As I sat on the ferry home, I realized that nothing is constant – we cannot bottle up good times and moments to take them home, but we can certainly savor them.
I said it earlier, and I’m saying it again – nothing in life is permanent. While this may sound negative, it is not because it is reality. Just like life on the island, everything comes and goes. The good, the bad, you have to just keep paddling.
As I learned at an early age, life is short and should not be taken for granted, so live it up.