During my trip to the island of Kaua’i in July 2016, I couldn’t help but marvel at the palm tree in my photo. The soil around it has eroded, and the water of Hanalei Bay soaks its roots. The tree next to it is competing for the same small patch of dirt, the same air, and the same sunshine.
We all go through hard times when we might feel like this palm tree. We feel like the ground beneath us might cave in. We worry about sinking. We’re afraid of the things or the people hovering over us. We feel like an ugly mess.
This tree’s roots have dug in deep – sideways – into the earth. It has come up diagonally from beneath the canopy of its neighboring tree and reached for the sun. It has defied the odds and survived. It’s something to be admired, like you and everyone else who refuses to give up and endures.
©Living off Island, Writing Wahine, 2016.