When you shake a snow globe, the flakes rise up excitedly and slowly settle to the ground. Not in the same spots they were before, but in new pockets of peace. This analogy is one that I think of often when it comes to our experiences on the Big Island of Hawaii post volcanic eruption and consequent move to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Change is an inexorable part of life. We must adapt, adjust and walk along new paths if we are to heal, move forward and create something new.
"What happened to your tiny house?", is a question I get asked a lot. Thank you for your well wishes and concern!
The lava covered our driveway, and many of our neighbour's homes burned down. Miraculously, our tiny house is still there.
My in-laws (who's help and contribution made our tiny house dreams a reality in the first place) bulldozed a new driveway to gain access to the property, and found a family to finish the house, and take care of the place.
On the Big Island, new roads are just now being re-opened. It's residents adapt to a "new normal" since Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3, 2018.
"Will you ever move back?", is another question I get asked frequently.
To me, this question feels like a lot like being asked: "Will you ever love again?" after a break up. It's hard to imagine loving again when your heart has been broken.
My initial answer is: "No. I don't want to direct any more time, energy, money and hope to a dream that neighbours an active volcano." It's only a matter of time until it happens again.
The only way I could fathom going back, is if I were to think of our home as a "sand castle" - Something that is built with the full knowledge (and surrender) that it will eventually get taken away and be transformed. And isn't that the truth for all of the things we love?
Read more about our tiny house & my adventures on Hawaii during that time:
Remember that time we moved to Hawaii to build a tiny house and the volcano erupted?
Listen, Learn and Go On
Big Island Volcanic Eruption and Evacuation
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