Written By: Steph Sidwell
A couple weeks ago I went to Hawaii. However, this was not your average Hawaii trip…
It was a spectacular, adventure-packed 4-day weekend getaway. We rented a house in a little town in Maui. We went to private beaches, ate at local restaurants, rock climbed cliffs over the ocean, swam in private earth made pools, surfed, had amazing acai bowls; we lived like the locals. Now I know this this all sounds amazing,but what was more amazing was that I booked my flight the night before, and went with 3 people I had just met. It was 1 guy and 2 girls; I had met the guy in a yoga class 5 days before, 1 of the girls I met on the plane on the way there, and the other girl I met when we landed in Maui. It was probably the most spontaneous “Why not?” moment I have had thus far in my life.
So what compelled me to go to Hawaii with a dude I met 5 days earlier in a yoga class? Well, for starters I was craving some pacific swell. Also, I found a fairly cheap flight and didn’t have to pay for accommodations. But as for the people… It had been bothering me for a while after the trip because I couldn’t quite find the words to describe to people how “it just felt right” for me to go to Hawaii with them. For some reason, my gut just knew that everything was going to be ok. But realistically, a million things could’ve gone wrong.
In my mind, it wasn’t a coincidence I met Andrew. I met him on a Saturday in yoga. My day was not going as I planned; I actually went outside at noon to go for a run, but then realized it was way too hot so I quickly checked the yoga schedule and realized that a teacher that I had been wanting to take since forever was teaching at 12:30. I quickly changed into my yoga gear and ran to class. When I got there, the teacher recognized me and secretly told his friend to take the class next to me. After class his friend and I started chatting and he invited me to a BBQ his friend was having that night. I thought it’d be a good way to meet people as I had only just moved a month ago. A couple days later he was telling me that he was going to Hawaii on Thursday. I sarcastically said “I wanna go to Hawaii!”… and that’s how I invited myself on this epic Maui trip.
About a week after the trip I stumbled upon a quote in a book that I was reading that pretty much exactly summed up why it felt right for me to make this crazy decision;
“In instance after instance, when I turned within and listened, I was guided surely and supported completely. When I resisted and judged a situation, I stumbled.” –L.D. Thompson
When I was making the decision to go or not, I tried to not focus on everything that could go wrong, instead I looked inside my heart and asked myself, does this feel right? It led me to believe that everything was going to work out. And guess what? It did. My heart was right and my mind was wrong. I ended up having one of the most amazing trips, by far one of my favorite vacations. And to top it off, I now have 3 amazing new friends, who I connected and bonded with almost instantaneously.
When you listen to your heart, say yes to opportunities that come your way, and trust your intuition, the world can provide you with amazing experiences. Next time you say no to something because you have factored in everything that could go wrong; why not ask you heart about all the things that could go right? We only have one life to live in this crazy world, why not make the most of it? Let opportunities and experiences come your way and run with them! Life will get boring without a little adventure.