It’s rare when you have one of those aha moments that truly change you. I was lucky enough to be able to experience my first one this past week and in Hawaii!
I’ve been a beach girl at heart my whole life, every summer at the Jersey Shore or Cape Cod and a total fish in the water. My parents had a hard time getting me out of the water as a kid. My room has everything from shells, turtles, dolphins and a beach chair light. I feel very connected to the ocean and the vastness and beauty it has to offer.
This past week on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu I was able to go on a dolphin quest and get in the water with a dolphin, something I have wanted to do for a very long time and was not sure if I was ever going to be able too.
I was nervous/excited when I got in with the water. Our trainer explained how the dolphins are trained on pure positive reinforcement and how gentle and loving they were. She told us we were going to meet Kolohe an American Bottlenose Dolphin. Kolohe in Hawaiian mean rascal! She brought him over to us and as he whooshed passed us I got this incredible feeling. Then he swam up to us and stayed there so we could pet him on his back and feel what he felt like. (Which was a little rubbery but smooth!)
I put my hand on his back and the tears just started pouring out of me. It was such an overwhelming emotional experience that I kept crying (but happy tears!) I felt a connection I have never felt before in my life. I was blissed out with happiness. At that moment I was exactly where I was supposed to be and everything felt right :)
We all had a chance to feed him and use the mask to watch him under water do tricks and hear his little clicks of echolocation. He was one smart little guy!! I was also able to “walk” him. I’m sure you’re thinking how do you walk a dolphin?? Easy haha, you put your hand on his back behind the blow hole and simply walk him. He keeps your pace and if you stop he stops, it’s too funny. Then he came to our group again and he went on his back for belly rubs, which he just loved!! Dolphins love being touched. They feel the love coming off of you and you DEFINITELY feel it coming off them.
Being in the water with Kolohe was cathartic and spiritual for me. Connecting with another animal like that, especially from the ocean was unreal. I will be forever grateful for that day and experience. It is something that will live with me forever :)
Below is my picture with Kolohe! I think we both look equally as happy :)
Producer Jamie here! Sharing with you my craziest online dating experience yet! So I met this guy online about a year or so ago (Chiropractor in his early to mid 30’s btw) and he’s been pursuing me since we started talking. We talked on the phone and texted over the last year occasionally and we finally were able to meet up.
We decided to meet at an Irish Pub in NJ. I had some butterflies and I was all ready to meet him for the first time. I texted him to let him know I was in the breezeway and to meet me there. He walked in and I stood up and said how nice it was to finally meet him and he hugged me hello. He then said follow me and we walked to the middle of the bar and he said to me "I’m just running to the bathroom real quick, I’ll be right back."
So, I’m standing there and thought hmm that was a little weird we didn’t sit down first. I’m still standing there and 5…10…15 minutes goes by. Then I call my friend on the phone and I said I think my date left me here, she of course didn’t think so but I told her he’s been gone a while. I then decided I’ll text him to see if he’s ok, but to my surprise I already had a text from him! Saying this….”I had to go, this just isn’t going to work, good luck.”
I couldn’t believe what I read. He just left me here??? Really?? I was embarrassed and confused and mad as I walked back to my car. What just happened and why? As I headed back to the car I wrote back to him a not so pleasant comment haha, which is not usually how I ever handle things but hey I was mad! Wouldn’t you be??
Lesson learned though. My friend Siggy Flicker who’s a matchmaker and a true angel on earth told me “A man’s rejection is God’s protection.” Very true! I don’t know why he left me there and I will probably never know but I do now this. He did me a favor. Who would want to spend time with someone like that anyway??
Has anything like this ever happened to one of you or is it just me?? Or have you ever done this to someone! Write me and let me know!