Hawaii a great ‘jumping off point’ in trip around the world

Commentary by Lenzie Purcell
Times-News correspondent

Lenzie Purcell / Times-News

All my life I have had one simple dream — to swim in clear water — not pool clear water, but ocean clear water. It seems silly, I know, but my sign is cancer (a water sign), so give me a break. I just got finished with my weeklong trip inHawaiiand my dream couldn’t be more fulfilled. I planned this trip with no plans at all. I knew that I wanted a unique experience, but I didn’t know how to get it.

I stayed with my uncle’s friends, who live two minutes from the beach. They introduced me to new foods, words, scenes and a beautiful sense of generosity. During my trip, I went to a luau, which was remarkable — especially the food.

I did a lot of jumping on my trip — off of a 60-foot cliff into the Pacific, off a 50-foot-tall ledge into a waterfall and into a cave, which I proceeded to swim through, and finally I jumped out of a plane (with a parachute).

I surprised myself so much throughout the week. I made new friends and with each offer of a new opportunity, I said yes. Each night, when I thought back on my day, I realized that I had done something new, exciting and definitely out of my comfort zone.

Being alone on this trip has proven to be a blessing. I’m writing more, thinking more, praying more and making so many new friends. I stated in my last article that I love meeting new people and Hawaii was a perfect place to continue to find new friends. I can’t wait to meet new people at my fourth stop: Hong Kong.

 Lenzie Purcell is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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