Posted by on June 6, 2016

Adventures Must Be Taken,¬†They Don’t Just Happen
By Shannily

I’m the type of person who puts off the act of adventuring because I’m waiting for adventure to come to me. I’ve been alive for two decades now and often I wonder how many experiences I’ve missed out on because I didn’t take the initiative to put myself out there and enjoy the beauties this world has to offer.

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The truth of the matter is, the world is an open frontier. Although man made innovations have changed and shaped the way the land is perceived, it will never be able to replace nature. I think being raised in a suburban area and programed to love the city has warped my mind into forgetting what the world really is. Starting now, I hope to really see what we live in: a beautiful planet of magnificent living organisms, and I hope I can encourage you to do the same.
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“Dear Prudence, open up your eyes
Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies
The wind is low, the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence, won’t you open up your eyes?”
[Dear Prudence by The Beatles]

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Just seeing this beautiful landscape of rocks, mountains and the deep blue sea has changed my perspective so much more. As a 90s kid, I think the internet, television/film, and other forms of media has made us addicted to consumerism and instantaneous satisfaction.

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But Kanglung, Taiwan reminded me that sometimes you have to climb through the rocks and mountains before you could get to the ocean, which in a way taught me that sometimes the adventure is not that satisfactory moment, but the process and the time you spend doing something before you reach the end. If we could learn to enjoy those moments and the approach we as human beings might just be a happier group of people.

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I think what often stops me from going on an adventure is the fear of the unknown or the fear that something will go wrong or that everything would suddenly change. We have become so accustomed to the comfort of our homes and the conveniences of our phones. There really is not a way to overcome that fear, but I found that when you take that leap of faith in life, in yourself, in beauty, in adventure, even the things that go wrong become a memory of adventure. So won’t you leap into the unknown with me and enjoy your life?

Photographs from my adventure to Kanglung, Taiwan! To see more from my trip to the beach, please check out my video blog below or on Art Beauty and Culture’s YouTube Channel.

VLOG – Beach Day in Taiwan | Kanglung Lagoons

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