from the very kind and helpful “Freeman.” I picture an older Hawaiian gentleman by the sound of his voice, and the fact that he said “50 is young!” when I mentioned my birthday.
The campground is full on the night I arrive, and for the next day too, but Freeman said not to worry. He assured me a spot in their “overflow area” and said that the night guard would let me in after hours on the night I arrive, since my flight doesn't get in until 9PM. When we concluded our business and I said goodbye, he giggled and said “Aloha!”
After the second day, I will be moved to a campsite where I will see the ocean when I wake up each day. I can rent snorkel equipment there, and then walk right into the ocean and see coral reefs, colorful fish, turtles, dolphins and maybe even whales!
My question is: How will I ever concentrate now? I've been excited and giddy ever since I booked my campsite. (A bargain at $20.00/night!) It will be an excellent and peaceful base camp for all the many adventures I intend to try, such as seeing the volcano, hula dancing, visiting coffee plantations, etc. My mind does not want to focus on anything else, and it is such a struggle to get my 1000 words a day in now. But I know how good I feel when I just do it. And I have averaged over 1000 all month. I fear breaking my record would damage the whole endeavor at this point. Realizing that helps me to eventually concentrate and get it done.
Hmmmm...I guess this is a really good lesson in getting things done in general, regardless of what it is:
-Set a reasonable daily goal that works for you and stick to it.
1000 words a day is reasonable, but by no means easy. I think it's important that it not be too easy. (atleast for me) I know a lot of folks on Nano average way more than that each day. But this is what works for me.
-Savor the feeling of reaching your goal each day with some sort of reward.
(Today mine was golden milk and a gingersnap. If you have arthritis pain, I can't recommend golden milk highly enough! It's so yummy and works as fast as a Motrin with none of the nasty side-effects.)