Difficult Roads

Difficult Roads

I like to go on a vacation at least once a year. Our world is a vast and wondrous place and there are many destinations to go to, and I want to make sure that I see as much of it as I can before I leave this earth. Last week, I went to Hawaii. I’ve been before, but I was five years old the last time I was there so I don’t remember it. The first time I went I spent time on Maui, but this time around my family decided to go to the Big Island.

The first few days we were there, we stayed around our hotel. My sister and I went to a couple of beaches with our uncle. We were able to snorkel and just relax in the nice, clear, cool water. It was definitely great to unwind like that, but we didn’t want to spend our entire vacation at two spots. Since the island is made up of much more than what was in the few miles nearest to where we were staying, we decided that we would go exploring. My sister told me that the Big Island is so big that all of the other islands could fit on it. That’s why when our first outing away from our hotel took 2.5 hours to get to, I could really see just how right she was.

Our 2.5 hour journey led us to Rainbow Falls. This was located in Hilo, but it took us so long to get to it because we were on the other side of the island in Kona. Since the car that we rented was a minivan my mom was the one who drove. I know that it was a lot for her because it was a bit much for me, and I wasn’t even the one who was driving. The path that we took wasn’t an easy one either. It wasn’t just flat land. That would’ve been better for everyone. Instead, we had to go up mountains with narrow winding roads. This is difficult to navigate when you’re in a tiny car, so I can only imagine how hard it was for her to do while she was in the van, especially because the roads and the car were so unfamiliar. I still remember when I was driving to a waterfall here in LA. I had to go up a mountain on winding roads in my own car and I hated it, so I’m sure my mom didn’t like her drive either.

As the seconds turned into minutes, and the minutes turned into hours, I started to wonder if we’d ever reach the waterfall. And I began to think that it might not have even been worth all of that trouble to go there. However, when we finally pulled into the parking lot, got out of the car, and walked up to the waterfall, we were shocked by how impressive it was. I had never seen a more beautiful site in my entire life. The greenery around it was lush and the water was pouring steadily into a giant river below it. All of us loved it, and by the time we got finished taking pictures and exploring the land around it, we were happy that we had chosen to make the drive.

In life, the road isn’t always going to be easy, but just because you have to go through some rough terrain doesn’t mean that the journey to your final destination isn’t going to be worth it. My mom drove 2.5 hours on twisty roads and through a mountain, but the view of the waterfall was more than worth it. Positive thinker, you can’t let hardships stop you from going after what you want. Yes, smooth sailing would make things easier for you, but if you really do want it then you have to keep pushing past the difficult moments. While you’re in the thick of it you’re going to want to throw in the towel, but keeping your final goal in your mind can be just the motivation that you need to keep on going. Your waterfall is waiting for you at the end of your journey. You just have to get through those difficult roads to get there!