Day 338 • The 31st of May, 2023

Day 338 • The 31st of May, 2023

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🌄 Day 338/365

Can’t say I’m sorry to bid farewell to this month, normally my favorite of the year. It wasn’t an easy one. Much of the entire season has been filled with strife and I’ve often felt lost, angry, and sad. On the other hand, I could describe much of my whole life similarly. I could, but I’m not going to focus on it. As a new month begins, I feel proud of how I’ve handled it — this season and my life. I’ve done the best I can. I don’t want to sit with the negative, but instead look at the positive ways I’ve endured. I’ve accomplished much in my life, and every day that passes I learn how to be a better me. I learn what I want, I learn what I will and will not tolerate, I learn that my choices have actually brought me so much closer to peace than anything anyone has demanded or expected of me. I’ve extracted myself from a life I didn’t want and created one that I do. I trust my choices. None of us are promised an easy time. Our choices are all we’ve got. I’ve strived each day to shed the bad and choose the good since I was old enough to understand I had free will. Much of it has been a fight — people who don’t change dislike when others do. It’s out of their scope to understand. Finally I’ve begun to let go of others’ perceptions and feel content with myself. This morning, at the gas station, with both mountain and ocean in view, I looked around at the other people there and felt at home with them. Strangers, all going about their lives and facing this and that just as I have. It’s never easy. Change is the only constant. As the month flips over yet again, I enter it with hope and a sense of resilience.

This sunrise was captured in Kīhei, Maui at 5:44am on the 31st of May, 2023.

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