Kayaking under the stars

A few months ago, I made a decision to become more adventurous.

I told myself I was going to:

  • kayak to tiny islands and have epic adventures,
  • meet lots of adventurous people along the way
  • and kayak under the stars someday.

Just recently, I made that kayaking trip happen, from one island to another with a bunch of awesome adventurers like me!

It took us 1.15 hours to paddle to the island, and when night fell, we hopped back onto our kayaks and paddled under the most clearest night sky, with the calm sea before us and the brilliant bright stars twinkling above us.

We sang, we laughed, we made jokes as we paddled alongside each other. 

That night says it all. Some of the people I may never meet again, others I might still.

But I’m so glad I decided on a whim to sign up to that kayaking trip. If I hadn’t, I would never have known how resilient I could be, taking my kayak out most weekends to practice, even when it rained (I just wore a wetsuit).

It took me almost 2 months to get myself ready for it. Before, my weekends were literally so boring, now I actually practice a hobby.

Whenever I drive past the ocean to get to work, all I think is, “Wow, that’s an amazing view, I would love to kayak on that ocean. So bring on more adventures in a kayak.”

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A girl and her kayak

“What would you do if you had $20,000?”

That was the question someone asked me in a job interview.

Unable to come up with a witty answer, I muttered something along the lines of,  “I’d probably go on a cruise to a faraway island…or something…”

But guess what? I don’t need $20,000.  I can do it with $400 and a kayak.

Yep, after my advice to myself to spend more time and money on the things I like, I ended up buying a kayak and already I’ve been out on the ocean dreaming away things to do.

I’ve got a lot of plans for my kayak and I.

  • First, I’m going to get strong enough so that I can paddle all the way to tiny islands and have epic adventures.
  • I plan to go on kayaking tours and meet lots of adventurous people like me.
  • And I’m hoping that I’ll get to kayak under the stars someday.

Maybe then, in a few years time I can upgrade to a real boat and take friends and family off to faraway islands. We could even party on the boat when it’s my birthday like the way they do it in the movies.

And I’ll probably name my boat New Year’s Girl, after this blog, to remind myself that this is where it all started.

Already, I feel like my kayak and I will go a long way.

My New Years’ Trip To Fiji

Fiji, I want to remember…

The fire lighting ceremony and the way the performers kept smiling at each other as they played their instruments.

The feeling of ecstasy I got after I took a photo with them by the sunset beach.

I want to remember stumbling across big and small moments of entertainment. Like when I saw a staff member dancing across the lobby to the music playing downstairs.

Or when I passed the Kama lounge and saw a group of holiday goers dancing around a Fijian guitarist.

I want to remember the look on the faces of the elderly couple who danced with each other. It was pure joy.

I want to remember the faces of the village women as they hugged us goodbye. I can still hear the shouts of BULA! as they welcomed us in.

I want to remember my delight when I saw three warriors greeting us on the shores of Vusama village.

And I want to remember my surprise when the three warriors turned out to be young boys, not grown men, peeking curiously back at us.

I want to remember the people who made my stay at Robinson Crusoe Island very entertaining. I cannot believe you forced a bunch of strangers to dance ridiculously with each other.

I want to remember the final dance on the sand when everyone broke out into their best moves and I’m glad that I turned around just in time to see that little boy killing it on the dance floor.

I loved riding back home on that small boat, in the dark, with the breeze blowing my sweat away and the ocean within touching distance. It made me feel like I was on the Nile river and that I was heading towards an adventure.

I want to remember all of that.