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We Are Here - Dan's Perspective

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

So we are here and have been for over a month. It has started to sink in that we are not on vacation. Lucas has started school and that has helped us create a routine. Angie is writing and engaging the world schooling community so she is focused. And I am …




And I am … doing what? We are here, and I am not sure what to do. When planning the gap year, Angie and Lucas each had their ideas of what they wanted to accomplish. Lucas wants to get better at basketball. So I’m working with Lucas on basketball, so that’s fun and should improve my game. It will help me stay in shape, but it’s Lucas’s activity. Angie is really focused on writing, and I am writing more. I have even thought about writing a book, but that’s Angie’s activity and she needs to edit most of the things I write (as she is doing now). (Writing in English was never a strength of mine).


And I am doing what … ? I’m sleeping better up here in the northern part of the island. In fact, I am the last one awake and that is a role reversal for me. I was always the first one up and I would make coffee and clean the kitchen before everyone gets up. Now I get out of bed after Angie and Lucas. It’s kinda nice to sleep longer than 6 hours a night. Last night I slept nine and a half hours. Before moving to this house I could count on one hand how many times I slept over eight hours in the last eleven years. Sleeping better is nice but not really the type of activity I am wanting to focus on (though it really is nice).


And I am taking more pictures. I bought a new camera and have been using it more. I enjoy exploring the island and take pictures of interesting things. The Big Island offers varied scenery and environments I am exploring with my camera. I do really like taking pictures. Maybe that’s my activity.



And I am … going to do what I want. I am going to use this gap year to do what I like. I’m enjoying not doing anything, sleeping or taking pictures. There are hikes that I want to do. If I sleep until 7:00 or 8:00 then good for me. Eventually I will figure out if there is a specific activity or thing that I want to do…or I won’t. Until then I will enjoy the freedom of no schedules or “have to.” It’s really nice to let the day unfold and I decide what I want to do.


Thanks for reading.

- Dan

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Larissa Schultz
Larissa Schultz
22 ago 2019

You took some pretty good pics at our wedding! Embrace the time and enjoy!BTW: sleep is VERY healthy!! Says Yaya!

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Sandy Russell Cather
Sandy Russell Cather
19 ago 2019

Love your photos, especially this one! You are doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. Keep it up!

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Delhia Gaynor
Delhia Gaynor
19 ago 2019

love this, Dan. I agree with Jan, follow your heart, that picture is amazing. I can't wait to visit you guys!

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Jan Freya
Jan Freya
18 ago 2019

Love your photo, Dan. I want to walk right into that water. Follow your heart when it beats a bit faster about something like photography. Also, finding your natural sleep pattern is a good thing and maybe is preparing your mind and body to recognize and engage in the next interest that strikes you.

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