I was on holiday a couple of weeks ago, in Hawaii.
Yes, Hawaii, a paradise of Pacific islands with palm fringed beaches, spectacular volcanic scenery and rugged coastlines. A beautiful location with more sun than you could ever need.
I would imagine most people reading this post sitting in Europe right now are thinking the same as me – that Hawaii would be a lovely place to spend an extended period of time, with its scenery and its weather. I’m sighing just thinking about it, as I contemplate the grey clouds lurking outside the window.
But I was chatting to a taxi driver who was driving us somewhere during our stay. And he said he’d lived in Hawaii for 40 years, and he’d love to go to England and experience winter. He said that Hawaii has the same weather all year round (still not feeling sorry for him!), and that he was bored with it – he wanted to live somewhere that had seasons and changes in the weather.
And that conversation stuck in my head. How our view of a paradise is someone else’s idea of boring. And our strange weather with its random seasons and weird quirks might actually be attractive to others. If you think about it, that’s similar to other things in life.
We get used to our own situation, our own location and way of life – and sometimes we get bored with it. We fantasise about living on the other side of the world where the weather is sunnier, we envy those who work in a different way from us, or we wish we could achieve what someone else has achieved.
But perhaps we should remember that while it’s great to have dreams and a list of fabulous places we want to visit, our life is where we are right now, with the people surrounding us, doing what we’re doing – and we should appreciate that for the good things it offers, however large or small. Even if we want to make a few changes every now and then.