For this post I’m taking a photo challenge from fellow blogger Cheri Lucas Rowland. The challenge is to post a photo that represents your path. My path this past year has been one of tremendous change. I got married, took a leave of absence from my teaching job, started a small business and moved to Hawaii. But although these were big changes, they have put me on a path of discovering who I am and where I want to go. Part of understanding who you are is recognizing where you come from. In Hawaiian culture it is important to honor and remember your ancestors. It is a common practice in gatherings here to call into the meeting the spirit of a family member (living or deceased) whom you wish could be there as a witness or participant. We honor who we are by remembering those who came before us.
On a recent trip to Maui, my husband Mike and I visited Kahakuloa, the birthplace of his grandmother. You can see in the background the precarious road we took to get to that place. The road was wrought with difficulties: potholes, hairpin turns, places too narrow for two cars to pass (resulting in one car having to back up around said hairpin turns until you reach a spot wide enough to allow the other car to pass)… But it was also filled with breathtaking views, interesting characters and unbelievable experiences. Although the path might sometimes be challenging, what happens along the way is worth the trip. And isn’t that really what life is all about?