Surroundings… (Weekend Coffee Share)

Have you ever just sat somewhere and just observed your surroundings?

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Ya, me neither.
…Until a few hours ago…


And, that’s what I’m gonna talk about in this weekend’s coffee share because a few days ago I saw this one-word prompt idea, and the word was surroundings. So, during that day, I couldn’t help but observe my surroundings. And, here’s what I noticed:

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1- I was just sitting on the bus, when I realized that I never actually notice my surroundings. I’m usually just looking out the window, listening to music & waiting to arrive at my stop; just like most of the people I’m noticing right now.

2- I’m seeing all these people on the bus, heading to different places, with a different purpose.
They’re all, either, reading the newspaper, reading a book, texting, listening to music, sleeping, eating breakfast, etc.

3- I’m hearing some people talk about their week, if they know each other from seeing each other everyday.

4- I’m realizing that we are all sitting (or standing, if it’s crowded) on this bus for the same reason (to get somewhere).

5- All I can really understand is that we all need to get somewhere, & we don’t want to drive, or we don’t own a car.

6- I feel weird watching people because no one really interacts (except for the handful of people that do). But, I guess everyone is in their own world, so they won’t even notice someone starring at them (I’m not really starring, just glancing at people around me). They probably don’t even know I’m looking at them.

7- From watching everyone, I’m starting to just realize that we’re all just tired from our day & we just want to get home (Or it’s too early to interact with other humans).


All this, noticing my surroundings in this bus, got me thinking; What if the bus was free, & the only catch was that you had to talk to someone until your stop (at least just say hi)?

Just for some insight…
Where I live, the bus cost is $2.50. And, most people take the bus twice a day (to and from work), at least 5 to 6 days per week. That’s $25-$30 dollars every week. Which adds up to $100-$120 dollars per month.

So, in other words, everyone on this bus spends around $100 every month to sit and stare out the window. But, I now realize that it’s cheaper than gas for your car; and you’re technically saving the environment.


So, observing my surroundings made me realize that even though everyone seems to just be sitting in their own little bubble on the bus waiting to get to their stop, they are all contributing to saving the environment. And with gas prices now, they are actually saving money.

So, everyone I’ve observed on this bus actually have more in common than I thought.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post was insightful and gave you some food for thought about perspective on the little & overlooked things in life.

*Your surroundings are important; don’t overlook them; they can teach you a lot!*

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hello Fall?…

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Yes, this is what Fall looks like in Quillota, Chile!

…So…when I normally think about Fall, I think about:
Leaves falling
-Sweater weather
-Time to get ready for snow…and Christmas…

Well, that’s not the case for me this Fall because it’s Fall right now in Chile, and I can’t think about any of those things. Instead, I’m thinking about: going swimming, maybe getting ice cream, just staring at the sun and being in awe (and confused) about this weather...

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Yup, that’s right. It’s fall here in Chile and the lowest temperature is 10°C (in the middle of the night). During the day, it can still reach at least 25°C and drop to 15°C.

. . .

But, temperatures aside. The other reason I’m writing this post is because it’s the end of March and stores are having sales on summer clothes, people are actually starting to wear jackets, kids are just starting school, the weather is dropping (compared to last month).
In my mind, everything that normally happens in September is happening now, in march. And, in a way, it seems normal because I’ve been here all summer anyway, so I can adapt to it easily. It took me all summer to adapt to the weather in January that now it kinda just seems normal. But, when I think about the date, it seems so weird because my mind is not used to saying: “happy first day of fall” at the end of March. But, on the plus side, I can buy summer clothes here on sale for summer when I get back home.

Anyways, after living here during New Year’s and the first day of Fall, my perspective changed because the seasons being flipped made me start thinking:
For one, I find it so fascinating that some people say it’s a small world out there because literally a 10 hour plane ride (that’s a pretty long plane ride) from you (below the equator) there are people starting school or work, when you are getting ready to go on vacation. That’s evidence that it’s really not such a small world after all. We all live on the same planet, but it’s a pretty big planet with different countries and cultures.

Seriously though, we all live in different places on this planet, and we all adapt to different lifestyles based on the seasons of our country during a time in the year.
The people in the world aren’t so different (we are still all human), but the world is so big and different, which gives us something interesting to learn about when we travel.
Some people are shoveling snow while others are turning on all their fans.
Some people are coming home from vacation while others are packing for vacation.
Some people are preparing for Spring while others are raking leaves.

This is one of the main reasons why I love traveling so much;
To get a different perspective on things in life because sometimes when you look at something familiar in a different place, you can see the importance and impact it can actually have, which will changed your perspective about that things.

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People are the same, but the cultures are what makes us different!
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The world is round after all; one side is different than the other. Your perspective is right for your side of the world.

 

Thanks for reading!

Happy Fall!
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Happy Spring!
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-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Free Love! (your Sunday reminder) 

* * * Please read ’til the end! Thanks! * * *

Jesus, the son of God, literally stood in front of death to save you!

Think about it this way: Jesus was just walking by and he saw you in trouble, so, he came over and stood in front of you to protect you from what was coming. And, that was death. He acted as a one time human shield for you, so that you could live forever and get to know HIS father.

Jesus took the bullet for you to live to get to know HIS father!

What are you going to do about that? Are you just going to sit there and wait for your mediocre life to be over? Or are you going to do something about it?

. . .

Imagine if that person that took the bullet for you wasn’t Jesus; maybe it was your best friend or a complete stranger; the fact remains that, they did it out of pure love for you to keep living because they knew it was worth it! Their perents should hate you for letting them do that for you, but no; instead their parents love you SO much!

That’s God’s love for you! He let his son take the bullet for you, and now all he wants in return is to love you and get to know you like his own son/daughter!

So, will you accept this free, grace-given love? 

In my opinion, you totally should (after all, it is free), all you have to do is love him back (which shouldn’t be that hard, given his son died for you).

However, no one (especially not God; He is the most patient person ever) is forcing you to accept this (free & grace-given) love. But, trust me, if or when you do your life will be completely changed for the better!

So, now it’s up to you.

Will you accept it? Or will you continue to live in guilt & fear?

Before you decide: Just remember; He wanted his son to die for YOU; & all he wants in return is to love you and get loved back! 

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The Mirror / A Message to All Humans

-“Heyo! How are you today?”
-“Good… what do you want today?”
-“Nothing. This is just your daily reminder to think about your future – Are you happy with your life?”
-“Yes! …I mean, I was enjoying my day, until now.”
-“Good, I’m glad I got your attention. I need you to go look in the mirror right now!”
-“…Why?”
-“Just do it!”
-“…ok, ok, I’m looking at myself, now what?”
-“What do you see?”
-“…myself?”
-“Are you sure that the person you see, is YOU? Is that person someone you’re proud to be?”
-“…ya… I guess?”
-“What do you mean ‘I guess’?”
-“I never really thought about it before…”
-“Good! So, what do you see now?”
-“…”

-A conversation between us and our thoughts.-

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What do YOU see every time you look in the mirror?
Do you see someone with big hopes and dreams?
Do you see someone with drive and purpose?
Do you see someone with nothing left?
Do you see a successful person?
Do you judge and make fun of yourself every time you look in the mirror?

Well, whatever it is you see in the mirror, that is what you reflect, back into this world, so make sure that when you look in the mirror, you see someone wonderfully created for a greater purpose than you could ever dream of and understand.

. . .

In society today, we always focus on the little details and “imperfections” of ourselves, but those “imperfections” are what make us unique and perfect. However, instead of thinking this way, whenever we look in the mirror, we usually focus on the following things:
“my face is fat, I have so much acne, my nose/stomach is too small/big, my eyebrows are never ‘on fleek’, I wish my eyes were a different colour, my shoulders look weird, my neck is too skinny/fat, my chin is weird, my teeth are too crooked/yellow, my hair has a mind of its’ own, my feet/hands are too big/small, my chest is too big/small, my thighs are too big/small, etc.”

Those sentences are all things humans tell themselves everyday. But, why? Why do we continuously torture ourselves? Who created this ideal of what humans must look, act and dress like?

. . .

We need to stop torturing ourselves with the idea that “the ideal  human” exists’ because she/he doesn’t (straight-up, does not exist, sorry to burst your bubble but you will never be her/him). You will always be your perfect and unique self (that’s really what the ideal human is anyways, Being Yourself).

This phenomenon of “the ideal human” happens all over the world because every culture has a different way of seeing men and women, but, no matter what perspective you choose to find “the ideal human”, you will never find her/him. We are all different and we will never be the same.

~Let’s stop torturing ourselves with the idea of “the ideal human”, and start loving our differences/uniqueness!~

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If you’re dedicated to finishing this post and you’re still reading, I thought since you’re still here, I should tell you about what inspired this post (maybe the backstory will also inspire you even more).

So, this morning, I looked in the mirror and for some strange reason, I didn’t see myself.
I mean, I didn’t see that same person that’s been looking back at me all these years.
For some reason, the person looking back at me seemed different. And, at first it kinda felt weird. And, I’m still not even sure why I saw another person, but it made me realize something.
Every time I look in a mirror, I don’t look at myself. Instead, I look at all my “imperfections” because I’m curious and worried that they’re all other people see.
Instead of looking at the happy, positive person looking back at me, I look past those bright hopeful eyes and direct my attention to all my “imperfections”. I look at all the reasons I failed and all the reasons I’m not happy.

But, today, I looked in the mirror and ignored all those negative voices and looked directly into my eyes and for a split second, I saw a glimpse of hope and happiness in my life. I saw a completely different version of myself; one that I always want to see and be (those eyes seemed so hopeful and excited about the future. For once, I didn’t get curious about how I look, instead I got excited about my bright, successful future.)

And, it was in that moment that I realized that, that’s how I want to see myself from now on. I want to see a happy person that knows that her hopes and dreams aren’t stupid, and they will come true. I want the person starring back at me in that mirror to smile and be proud of what I’ve accomplished because I am doing the best I can and that’s all I’ll ever ask of myself. I want that person in the mirror to become my best friend and never my enemy.

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So, the reason I’m sharing this story with you is because I want you to know that if you’re doing your best, then you’re succeeding at life.

“Your best should make YOU happy and that’s all that should ever matter!”

So, after reading this long post:
1- I really appreciate it – THANK YOU!
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I want you to realize that you need to stop looking at your “imperfections”. Instead, when you look in the mirror, look into your eyes and imagine all your possible hopes and dreams coming true. The sooner you realize that your hopes and dreams will come true, the sooner you will find true happiness and start making those hopes and dreams come true.

~You are worth more than any of your imperfections, faults, and failures – YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING!~

Always believe and remember that truth, and your dreams will become reality. Just focus on them and never loose hope in your bright future.
And, if you can’t stand to look in the mirror, or you feel like your life is falling apart, or you feel like the worlds’ biggest failure; Remember that you deserve SO much because YOU ARE POWERFUL, STRONG, AND CAPABLE enough to get through anything and make your amazing dreams come true (you’ve made it this far😉).
All you need to do is dig deep inside yourself and find that amazing version of yourself and set if free. And, don’t let anyone tell you differently because if they hate on you, it just means they’re jealous and scared of your confidence.

~Make sure your living your life and no one else’s! ~
~I know it’s a cliché, but if you aim for the stars and love yourself – You will make all your dreams come true! ~


Thank you for reading this long post, I hope it inspires and encourages you!

 

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Where’s the love? 

You know, I think everyone in the world should listen to that song…
It speaks the truth, and it’s so relevant for the current state of the world right now.

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There’s so much terrible things happening in the world right now; we all just need to look past it and start to love each other! Because…

Love is the only thing that will prevail ’til the end! 

Love always wins!

Why is it so hard for us to just love our neighbours? Why do we always have to be at war with each other? Why do we seek to make enemies with other people? 

We are all just human beings anyways, why do we treat one another SO differently?

Seriously though, we might be different but we are still all human beings, and we should start treating each other like we want to be treated.
The world would become such a better place if we all treated each other with love & respect! 

Think about this:

People are drowning in the water that you drink everyday or People in another country are paying for you to go to school for free! 

What if, instead of going to school, YOU spent all your days working/slaving just so someone on the other side of the world could go to school for free to get a much better job/income than you? 

How would you feel if that was your life?
In other words: How would you feel if you were looked down on because of where you live in the world?

We need to stop discriminating between race and cultures because we are all human beings here on earth to live our own lives.

Yes, it’s true that life looks different in each country, but that doesn’t mean WE (humans) are that different! We’re actually quite similar, we just have different views of the world from our own perspective, and we have different ways of seeing/doing everyday tasks.

So, next time you take a trip abroad, take a look at the people around you (locals) and what they are doing. It’s probably something similar to what you would do back home; It only looks different because they do it a little bit differently than you! 

Love is the key!
Love is the answer!
Love is the solution! 

-Verse taken from this song: Where’s The Love?

They (the media/society) don’t want us to love because if we all loved each other, they wouldn’t have anything to talk about anymore! 

Do we really want to let them win or Do we want to live in a safe and happy world? 

It’s OUR choice! We decide what type of world we create and want to live in! Let’s make it one that we’re proud of; that future generations will thank us for! 

. . .

The world is broken, and the only way to fix something that’s broken is with glue!

Love is like glue for the world! Once we start loving one another, we will be glued together by love & understanding for one another! Love (glue) will bring us closer!

And, if you don’t understand how you could possibly love someone on the other side of the world; I suggest you take a trip abroad because it will really open your eyes; because

That’s what the world needs right now: OPEN EYES & HEARTS!

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                  MORE ACCEPTANCE & LOVE! 

 

Thanks for reading! Remember to always choose love and positivity! They are truly the secrets to life! Let’s remove hate from the world and turn this world upside down!

Share this post (or the song) with someone you care about.
Let’s start spreading love now!


Also… if you read this post ’til the end, I (sincerely) thank you, it means a lot!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂 

A poem/letter…

My first blog post poem! 

Now, I guess I should disclaim that I didn’t technically come up with this poem on my own.
I came across a post this past week where someone was sharing their feelings, and while reading it, I decided to put together some of the words to form an encouraging letter/poem.

It turned out as the following:

Reach for it!

Your just sitting there,
Reading this,
Distracting yourself
From pain of life,
Livin’ here on earth,
With, & like, everyone else.
Finding happiness
In someone else’s life,
Like a moment of joy in your day,
Hoping it will take the pain away
Knowing that,

At least someone you know is having fun.

Well, stop reaching!

Put your hand on your chest.
Yup, that fearless push means your here,
And you’ve always been here.
Your heartbeat means you’re human
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You are someone’s favorite human.
Someone’s best memory.
A home for someone.
A safe place they come to.
A home where people feel comfortable & happy.

You’re all those things and much more!
Don’t convince yourself to blend in!
Stand out!
Someone out there needs you to so badly!
Your life is not a mistake!
You are so much more than you think!

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to stand out & always be yourself! 


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂