First Adventures

I’ve always been a practical person. Okay. Sort of… No, not really. In the earlier years of my life, I used to indulge myself in eating and trying new foods, shopping for everything unnecessary, and spoiling myself with as many books as I can fill my house with (Good thing for e-readers!). I had hobbies, I had great friends, and I was never bored. I worked, I wrote, I went to school. I kept busy and I had more than others, so I should be happy, right?

But life became so unfulfilling… Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t spoiled. I worked hard for everything I wanted, but nothing seemed good enough. I realized it was time to move on…

Time for an adventure.

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I packed all my belongings, quit my present day job, dumped my boyfriend at the time (Trust me, it was time. Four years with the same man with no future was definitely a good motivator.) and moved out of New York.

Where did I go?

Hawaii! My very first adventure.

For a girl who has never left home, change seemed to be the enemy but I was ready to have some fun! I saw the opportunity and I took it. How could I turn it down? Adventures come in many shapes and sizes.

The first time I stepped foot off the plane, all I could think about was “the air smelling so soapy and why was everyone just smiling?”

I was almost tempted to get back on the plane, but I wasn’t ready to give up.

Everything was a change. The pacing in life was worse…

My first instance with bringing my New York road rage to Hawaii taught me a lesson. There’s no need to rush anywhere. It’s okay to drive 25 mph on a 65 mph highway. It’s okay to take walks to work even if it takes an hour. It’s okay to sit all day at the beach and just watch the blue water or count fish in the Harbor. Or spot men in trees…. I had all the time in the world to do as I pleased. And I got to write, write, and write! I found the chance to concentrate on something I totally wanted. Who would have thought?

I learned so much on my adventure. Not only about the culture, the land, the fabulous food, and the people, I learned about me.

It’s an adventure I wouldn’t trade for anything.

What was your first adventure?

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About Clarissa Yip

Constantly on the run, Clarissa leads the life of adventure and mischief. When she's not getting herself in trouble, she's usually busy studying the art of eating and curling up with a good book or spending numerous hours reading and writing. It's really hard to find her in one place for too long...
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13 Responses to First Adventures

  1. It sounds amazing! How long were you there? I’ve been to Hawaii a couple of times, but only for short vacations.

  2. Nina Croft says:

    Hawaii sounds fabulous! Perhaps you’re ready for another adventure! Hmmm – My first adventure was probably running away from home when I was twelve with my best fried at the time. In search of excitement – we didn’t find any and got picked up the following morning!

  3. I think I love the last line of your post the most – “I learned about me!” What an awesome discovery.
    I think it’s so easy to just stay in our lives and do things the same way day after day – what a rut!
    Growing up we did a lot of traveling, but leave my home on Long Island? Never entertained the idea until my husband had the choice of being laid off or moving to San Diego. Hmmm…a 2 yr old and a 3 month old and the possibility of no job didn’t send happy thoughts through my brain – so off we went. For 7 years I lived 3000 miles away from family and friends. And it was the best thing I ever did. I also learned a lot about me and what I need and want from my life. (Let’s not talk about how I caved to the family and moved back home 🙁 )
    GREAT post! 🙂

  4. Wow, I need an adventure like that!!

  5. Sutton Fox says:

    Oh, you are so brave! Good for you. Learning about yourself is paramount to a happy life. Excellent post! 🙂

  6. Sutton Fox says:

    Sounds lovely! *sigh*

  7. Bethanne says:

    My first adventure, which was completely chaperoned, was a trip to the Phillippines when I was a senior in high school. Saw the Pope for World Youth Day. Visited relatives I have there. Saw the poorest of the poor, ate awesome food, shopped for pennies on the dollar. I’ll never forget.

    That’s the most notable, though. Really, even as a kid, little kid, I was always outside looking for adventure. Crossing creeks and following them to far away places, making forts, out riding my bike…pretending to be in other worlds.

  8. *sigh* I’d love to be able to go to Hawaii!!!! I hope you get to go back, sweets! My first real adventure was moving out of my small town life to a resort where my mother was working. I was only 20 and worked with some wonderful people and even met a few celebrities. I only hope my children get to experience life the same way.

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