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Old 01-09-2011, 07:02 AM
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Okay -- so! Most of you who have read the introduction thread that Mika created, as well as a couple of people I've told beforehand, know that I went to Hawaii approximately 6 months ago or so to take a break from the rest of the massive civilization I have been so used to seeing every day in my daily grind. I wanted to put up a post for everybody (including you, the reader) to give you all an update on my experiences so far in staying one of the paradises here on Earth and also my feelings towards living in an isolated technological wasteland on the Eastern Coast of the USA (back then when I was feeling 'stuck').

First, I will post the time when I was back home in New Jersey (aka the technological wasteland ) in order to give my new (and old!) readers a better grasp of what exactly has been happening inside of me that pretty much spurred me to leave the United States. I'll start here...

(For those who don't know me, I have a hearing impaired disability that prevents most oral communication with the general populace here on Earth. Fortunately enough, I have listening devices which allow me to assist in better overall hearing when I have them on. Hearing aids The one I wear is on the far right, behind the ear. )

Ever since watching Avatar, I've been feeling like I had to dream a bigger way of living for myself than I ever thought possible. The actual challenge was to really force myself to face the things I didn't want to do in order to achieve that reality. There was this increasingly nagging feeling deep down inside the pit of my stomach that told me I needed to get out; and quickly. I just knew that I had to go. But the problem was how... and when. Upon awakening to Avatar's performance, something inside me spurred to take action and dream big, like how Jake forced himself to face all his mistakes and what he's done to the Na'vi community before he finally redeemed himself. That's what it was like to me, except I haven't quite gotten to that level yet at that time. I felt as though I wasn't ready to tell my parents that I wanted to just get up and leave to go somewhere and never see them again. Of course, I knew I would see them once in a while, but not like actually being with them every day of my life. And since I was hearing impaired (or hard-of-hearing as some people call them), I knew that I would have a difficult time actually really trying to force myself to communicate with the rest of the hearing people out on my own. Not only this, but I would not have my family assisting me throughout the process of actually trying to live in Hawaii on my own. I would have to contact them via email or skype with no physical assistance, no interpreter and especially nobody around that I knew of in a personal level. Eventually, after feeling this constant nagging in the pit of my stomach for so long, I finally decided enough was enough and flat out told my parents that I wanted to move to Hawaii. Not surprisingly, they resisted and demanded to know the reason for me wanting to move there by myself. This hasn't been an exactly easy experience for me because 1) I've been dependent & reliant on my family and my parents for basically my whole life and 2) they thought it was ludicrous for a deaf person to go there alone without anybody helping me, especially for such an incredibly long distance traveled even with plane..

However, I persisted and basically fought against my parents to let me move somewhere less ambient and much more peaceful and relaxed calm state of minded community. This was something I was definitely not proud of, because I almost never fight with my family or my parents into doing something they don't want to do. There were many times when I would feel like I just wanted to give up and not live here in this Earth because I couldn't get what I wanted, or needed.. I felt like I had the need to be closer to nature and breathe the fresh air, living closer to the ocean breeze and seeing all the genuine palm trees everywhere. They didn't have that in New Jersey, and it was something that nobody in my family understood. It was just something about the fact that there was a bunch of streets and cars everywhere without a place of peace and calm, relaxing nature around you, that did it for me... It was so polluted and the people there were being so deeply superficial didn't help me at all... Everything felt totally fake! I wasn't able to take it anymore after that.. I wanted to be closer to nature, to be able to experience all of the peaceful notions it gives you.. Sitting in an open grassy field next to the ocean, an exhilarating feeling just to think about it. It was driving me insane to the point where I innately knew that I had to get out & face all my fears or live here and rot deep down inside the core of my bones.. Not wanting the latter, I chose to stick to my roots and fight one last fight to finally convince my parents to let me move. Fortunately, they obliged and my father went with me to help set everything up in the Big Island (Picture here).

I was finally happy to get the freedom I wanted to be able to get out on my own and free from all the struggle of needing to depend on my parents for survival and everything else. Needless to say, it wasn't easy. I've fought them for many months until it drove me crazy, to the point where I felt like I couldn't take it anymore and needed a break from this site. I put everything into thought, precise coordinated planning beforehand... Giving them to my parents to prove to them that I was ready and able to focus on myself for a change, without needing anybody to depend on all the time or holding my hand for the rest of my life. I told them which hostel I was going to stay in, how much it would cost, and what I would do there, how I would interact with others, etc. I knew it wouldn't be an easy feat for me, but I made it. It was a very tough transition for me and extremely difficult to get myself out of here. Luckily enough, I made it. I left around late August and never looked back...

Only now, the real challenge begins... Living all by myself without anyone around me that I know of personally and stretching all my self-perceived boundaries to help myself grow as a strong individual, facing all my fears head on and moving ahead with grace.

This is the hostel that I stayed at, for approximately 2 months so far (Hilo Bay Hawaii Youth Hostel & Big Island Accommodations for Hawaii Backpackers). I stayed there for a while searching for a job and an apartment I could rent in (saved a lot of money beforehand), until one of the workers in the hostel took notice and asked me if I wanted to rent a room down below. He said that it would only cost $400 dollars a month with everything for free. Free internet, free kitchen, bathroom, shower, TV, bed, including utilities and my own space. I was shocked that this man would actually consider helping me out since almost nobody in New Jersey act like this, ever. I gladly took the opportunity to be dead set in the place I wanted to live in, even if it meant only for a little while. I honestly don't know how long I will be able to be in Hawaii for, but I wish to stay here for as long as I like until I feel more comfortable traveling or moving around the country for my sake... For the sake of learning more about myself and creating courageous deeds that help inspire people around me. To help them realize that they can turn their dreams into a reality. I haven't traveled much around in Hawaii just yet, mainly because I've been busy looking for a place to stay in permanently before I go anywhere spending my money on other things, aside from food, water, and shelter, etc. But I did get to travel in some places around the island. Luckily for you guys, I took pictures of my new-found apartment and the Big Island! I thought I'd share it with you so you too can enjoy the viewing the scenery as I did...

(Will continue this in the next page & post pictures as well as additional details...)

All in all, I basically felt what Jake felt. After facing all my biggest fears and undergoing through tremendous inner turbulence, I finally made it. It's not easy going through one of your biggest hurdles and having to face your all-time high only to fall down seven times and then get up eight times... Lol but in the end, we all succeed whether we believe it or not.. It's all about following your heart and your instincts, your desires and your dreams... Putting yourself to the test and finally putting them into reality. Like a sword's smith putting metal under deep, intense heat & pressure only to put it back up and smack it repeatedly with its hammer to forge a uniquely well-shaped & formed sword as a prize for the owner as it is completed.

In other words my friend, I hope this story inspires you to continue to have faith in yourself to be able to create the dreams you desire. That, no matter where you go or however you live your life, know that you are being guided and trusting that Life will give you what you need at any time... And that you won't ever be alone.. *hugs*

Part I is finished! And I will be posting pictures soon! Thanks for listening and hopefully you enjoyed this post! Love you all! ^^ *hugs forum*

(By the way, there should be a Na'vi Hug Animation somewhere! LOL! <--- I love this face for some weird reason... o.O;; Okay, see you guys tomorrow and with some more updates! ^_^)

Oel ngati kameie, ma tsmukans & tsmukes!

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Old 01-09-2011, 07:07 AM
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Part II - My Apartment Photos!


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Old 01-09-2011, 07:08 AM
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:42 AM
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Wow, thanks for sharing that. I'm probably in your 'new reader' group but in any case this was great to read about. You mentioned that you hoped you've created inspiration...well y'know what, it's doing just that for me, 'cause I've been dreaming about taking a trip in a similar vein to a far-off place. Looking forward to seeing more pics. Thanks again, Txantsulsam Fyawintxu.
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Congratulations

Independence is a great thing, and it can't have been easy for you, but I'm sure you're a lot happier , I've heard parts of Hawaii are really beautiful
Hope to see you around ToS a little more too, so welcome back
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:35 AM
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Wow, thanks for sharing that. I'm probably in your 'new reader' group but in any case this was great to read about. You mentioned that you hoped you've created inspiration...well y'know what, it's doing just that for me, 'cause I've been dreaming about taking a trip in a similar vein to a far-off place. Looking forward to seeing more pics. Thanks again, Txantsulsam Fyawintxu.
You're welcome! Anytime! *hugs* ^^ Yeah, I wanted to spread out my message as far as possible so people could read it. I'm glad that I'm helping inspire you to do great things.. It certainly helps refresh the soul when you're traveling and seeing new things in life.. Keeps things less boring that's for sure! LOL Where are you thinking of going ma tsmukan?

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Independence is a great thing, and it can't have been easy for you, but I'm sure you're a lot happier , I've heard parts of Hawaii are really beautiful
Hope to see you around ToS a little more too, so welcome back
Thank you Yeah... It was a very hard decision for me to make myself, considering all of the alternatives and the monetary situation beforehand, but I just knew I had to go. I wasn't going to face myself sitting in my room all day doing nothing with a dreary place filled with so much stuff. Cars, streets, roads, houses everywhere with no nature around me. It sucked... Majorly. Lol but I somehow managed to pull it through, and am currently changing my life situation. Thank you. I will definitely be around a lot more often.. I've missed this place too much. Lol I know I won't be able to be around very much in the next couple months, due to being busy with setting up my business and what not, but I will continue to be visiting this site & posting as much as I can. It has a special place in my heart that I will never forget, always.

By the way, do you know how to transfer a file or a folder here? I have like... literally over a hundred pictures of Hawaii on here and I wanted to be able to show everything.. LOL is there a way to do it or do I have to put it up piece by piece manually?
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You're welcome! Anytime! *hugs* ^^ Yeah, I wanted to spread out my message as far as possible so people could read it. I'm glad that I'm helping inspire you to do great things.. It certainly helps refresh the soul when you're traveling and seeing new things in life.. Keeps things less boring that's for sure! LOL Where are you thinking of going ma tsmukan?
*Hugs in return*

Well, first let me say that I do not have definite set-in-stone plans. I only have a whim and a very general idea, not even a specific destination picked out. The thing is...I want to be fluent in another language. I knew that after doing a brief study-abroad stint in Austria last year and trying to cope with my practically nonexistent Deutsch. Knowing a second language is now a life goal of mine.

The language that I really want to learn now (and I always get weird smiles when I tell this to people, so pardon me if it seems strange) isn't German though; it's Spanish. I took four years of classes in high school, but regretfully never kept practicing it in college. Nevertheless, I still know a fair amount of it, probably enough to get by in a Spanish-speaking country. So, my whim is to spend a number of months in such a country and get completely fluent in it. And of course I'd get to experience a new world outside of the USA, expand my horizons...that general idea.

However, apart from immersing myself in the language, I don't know what I'd really do with my time. Actually, that depends where I'd go. I know that I really, really want to visit the Andes and Patagonia and spend quality time there. I'm an avid hiker and they seem like such spectacular places to get lost in. Yet I know very little about where exactly to go or how to get there. There's so much I'd have to research beforehand. All I know is that Peru, Chile, and Argentina have this firm grip on my imagination. (Though I'm certainly open to other countries!)

So yeah, no clear plans, just a crazy idea and a desire to learn a second language beyond the States. Spanish would be a very practical language to have whenever I'd come back home. Maybe I'll solidify an itinerary after I graduate from college later this year. In general, I just like to travel, and I hope to do as much of it as I can before I get caught in the trappings of careers, mortgages, etc. and feel the need to stay home. Like what you said, it refreshes the soul and makes things less boring! Hope that explains it, and I hope I didn't talk your ear off.

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By the way, do you know how to transfer a file or a folder here? I have like... literally over a hundred pictures of Hawaii on here and I wanted to be able to show everything.. LOL is there a way to do it or do I have to put it up piece by piece manually?
You can put them somewhere like Dropbox, then post the links or embed them in the posts
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I'm so happy to see that this has paid off for you ma Tsmukan. *hugs* There's something really heartwarming when you see that someone you care about has achieved their dreams after a long period of fighting for it. As well, the kindness of the man who offered you a place to stay for a brilliant price.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:56 AM
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Irayo guys! Will post responses to your messages soon! *hugs!* ^^ Oel Ngati Kameie

HNM, I just downloaded the DropBox program and looked it over, but am still unsure of how to attach it here... How do I fix it? Lol
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If you put the photos in the public folder then you can copy the public link from them and post that as an image.
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Wow, just read this post now...

(A little late I know, but yeah - 'Life has a nasty habit of getting in the way' )

I have to say, if what you were aiming to do - aside, of course, from achieving something you've always wanted to do for yourself - was to inspire others, you've certainly done a damn fine job. I think many people here now will read this and realise that our dreams aren't as intangible as they appear at first consideration.

I've always been a big follower of the 'If you dedicate yourself fully to it, and are willing to sacrifice and stick it even through the thick and thin, then a dream can always be a reality' camp, but there's a difference between giving that advice and actually acting on it. You definitely have achieved the latter, and I have to say... I'm incredibly proud of you to have done so.
(Sounding somewhat like a soppy parent there, but whatever. )

Hopefully, what i'm dreaming of, and what everyone's dreaming of can come true, too.

Oh, and of course, as always, it's great to have you back with us.
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Like Fkeu'itan I'm a bit late to this thread. I remember when you began this adventure and I was sure that we would hear from you with a detailed report. I hope that your story emboldens other young people to do something similar. I can assure everyone that with time it becomes more difficult. Entanglements that make this type of adventure difficult are almost universal as you get older. Not saying that it can't happen, it's just harder.

My advice is sieze the day and go for it like Txantsulsam Fyawintxu.

I await more. I love the big Island. I've managed to spend about 4 months of my life there. Mostly in a week or two segments.

I've got to say that you really scored with that apartment. That is pretty cheap for Hawaii. People in Hawaii are a bit different than in other places. A lot of people go there to get away from what you wanted to get away from.

I hope that you can find some arrangement that will allow you to see more of the sights in Hawaii. There is a ton of stuff to see. The county has buses that pretty much go all around the island. I think it's free or at least that what I remember from the last time I used it. Can't get much cheaper than that. Take advantage and check out the place.

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[QUOTE=Txantsulsam Fyawintxu;121899]Part II - My Apartment Photos!


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Hey Eric .. amazing post, and I'm so glad you shared! Since I already was familiar with most of your struggles before you left, I only have this to add ....

LOL! In her firm Aunti type voice, with eyebrow raised .. your room needs cleaning young man!









But nice to know the kitchen looks spotlessly clean!

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