I've been trying to write this post for weeks and today is the day. Ohana means 'family' in Hawaiian. It's a word that captures the open-hearted embrace of the special people who come into your life. This was my Ohana in Hawaii and every person holds a special place in my spirit. I've met so many stunning, exquisite souls over my years of travel. I can't even contain all of them in my heart. Literally when I think of one person I want to catch up with over Skype, I'll think of 10 more and then... 😭. I do my best to schedule one or two calls, we fumble between time zones and wifi connections to share a precious moment, knowing that we probably won't get to talk again in months. At the same time my heart opens deeper, it breaks wider.
With each new destination I arrive at, I'll meet at least 10 people who make me go like, 🙊 you are SO DOPE. We could be best friends forever?!... Eventually we all have to say "see you soon" and go our separate ways. Every time, I ask myself, what am I supposed to do with all this love?! One person at a time, it's like my heart must expand. It has no choice but to expand.
There's Padma, Britt, Alex, Marina, Kaitlyn, Tree, Sarah & Fam in Paris, Chris from South Africa, Marianne in Zanzibar, David from the dive shop, Sarah in New Mexico, Kathie in Oakville. It makes me want to cry just thinking about all the hugs, family, meals, road trips and laughter.
Thank you all so much for helping to grow and step into my light. Thank you for the depth of your generosity, sincerity and love. Thank you for making me a better person. Some of these people don't even have social media so they'll never see this, but they are all, YOU are all, in my 💛
I share my journey as one soul, but I stand as ten thousand. Every post I write is an expression of the love I've received of hundreds of people who have helped me, inspired me, emboldened me and encouraged me on the journey. That includes you, here, my soul family on Insta.
What am I supposed to do with all this love?! I keep sharing it. I let it rip through every layer of my heart and propel me to share more.
I let it flow in and flow out.
It must flow out. 💛