-It’s not a race. I was always so bummed about the number of countries I’ve been to compared to other people my age until I understood that the number of places visited is not what traveling is about at all. It’s not important about how many places you’ve been but the depth you’ve explored them. I have been to some beautiful places all around the world that I am insanely grateful for. We can not compare our journeys to others.
-Read books you normally wouldn’t read. Question each line. Watch movies you normally wouldn’t go see. Study the cinematography. Order the meal on the menu you can’t pronounce. This is how you discover new parts of yourself.
-Take care of our earth. We are destroying it faster than we even know. Humans need places that have not been altered or rearranged by man.
-Simplify. Clean. Get rid of shit. We don’t need a lot to live. Oh, and, pack light.
-Walk barefoot. Harden the bottom of your feet. Wear less makeup and dress the way you want. Be comfortable with your natural body. Drink more water. Take care of yourself.
-You have the power to choose love. Love the sky, the stars, the animals, the people, the trees, the street corners. Always choose to love.
-Going alone is okay. If we all waited for someone to travel with us, we’d be waiting for a very, very long time. So, please go even if you have no one to go with. There are millions of people all over the world that are just waiting to meet you. Some of them you’ll meet in a hostel room and you’ll end up spending the night walking through the street markets, some of them you’ll meet at a bar and discover new corners of a city you didn’t know existed, some of them you’ll meet sitting on a bench at a bus stop and you’ll end up sharing the best coffee you’ve probably ever had, some of them you’ll meet watching the sunset on the beach and you’ll end up sharing stories and laughing with them until the morning and some of them will end up being your best friends. And sometimes you’re going to be alone and going on tours, to the movies, or to restaurants sounds scary to do by yourself at first but soon enough you’ll learn that it is completely okay to be alone. Solo does not mean lonely.
-Don’t say you don’t like anything until you try it at least three times.
-Save your change.
-Spend less time on social media. It’s no secret that social media is addictive and it’s really good at taking away precious moments. It’s important to not be glued to your phone or laptop while abroad. Social media will always be there for you when you get home.
-Traveling is overly romanticized. It is very hard work. It does not solve all your problems that you have at home. And traveling is not what it looks like on Instagram.
-When you’re eating, really taste your food. Talk to the locals. Immerse yourself fully into this new culture. When you’re out hiking, let go of your phone. This is how you’re going to get the best experience possible. Live in the moment.
-Take photos. It is physically impossible to remember all these moments in your life. Someday down the road, maybe when you’re feeling a little depressed or bored, you can grab your camera and scroll through these photos that’ll remind you of some of the best times of your life.
-It’s okay to look like a tourist. It’s cool to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask a questions. If you make a mistake, do or say something offensive then and apologize and move on. Your life won’t be over.
-Cheesy souvenirs are never worth it. Collect sea glass, your train tickets, plane tickets, maps, stickers and coins. Chances are those colosseum magnets you bought in rome were really made in china. Support the locals if you’re going to buy souvenirs.
-People are good. I’m sure you’ve heard or experienced this before but the people with nearly nothing are the most giving. We can all learn something from them.
-The world is not as bad and scary as the news makes it out to be.
-Nothing will ever go as you expect it to. Plans go out the door. I learned this the hard way. In fact, I am sure every traveler has learned this the hard way. You’ll miss flights, you’ll get flat tires on road trips, you’ll end up spending a lot more money than you expected, you’ll miss buses, you’ll have to run to trains to get to them on time, I promise you’ll have a dead battery when all you want to do is call mom to make you feel better, the hostel you wanted will be full, your dumb airline will lose all your luggage, things will get canceled and you’ll spend many unexpected nights crying but despite all the struggles that traveling brings upon us, it is always worth it. The tears, sore shoulders and blistered feet are always worth it. There’s no point in getting mad that your plan fell through.
-Everything happens for a reason. If you get an opportunity, take it and if something comes along in your life to change it, let it.
Be set up. Do not make the reptile wait on you fucking around with gear and props. Know what you want to do in a given shoot and have all props, camera equipment, lighting, and anything else you need ready, charged, and within arm’s reach.
Keep a carrying or temporary enclosure close by. You may need to confine the animal to rearrange the scene, take a drink of water, change lenses, or relax the tension in neck and shoulders. Nobody wants to change lenses with a 7′ snake fucking off somewhere important. Along these lines, do not ever take your eyes off the animal; crested geckos are particularly good at noping the fuck away. If you need to take a piss or answer the door, put the animal away.
Keep some paper towel nearby, because shit happens. Also keep a swiffer-type cloth nearby (the plain kind without any febreze shit) to keep the area clean of dust and cat and dog hair. I also keep a chamois cloth on hand to polish the snakes. Yes, really.
Keep the room cool. Know your reptile’s comfortable range and err on the low side (but not outside the range). Warm rooms are uncomfortable for people and can overstress an animal.
Keep the sessions short and infrequent. I try not to go more than fifteen minutes, maybe a bit longer if I’m using the hide technique. Limit your sessions.
If you feel yourself becoming frustrated, put the animal away and breathe. Reptiles are living beings with their own agency and it doesn’t necessarily correspond to anything we want. It’s okay. There will be a next time.
Bonus: If you are outside, keep a careful eye on temperature. If it is warm enough to reptile, it is warm enough to kill a reptile, especially in direct sun. Heat stress kills reptiles very quickly.
If you are outside, be aware of the people around you. Please do not bring your snakes to areas with a lot of people - playgrounds, malls, busy parks. Some people are extremely phobic of snakes and they do not expect to see them in human-focused areas. You also risk someone calling law enforcement, especially with larger snakes, and police officers are not usually versed in animal law (but will still seize your animal, or worse, kill it).
If you are outside, you must be working with an animal that you know well. This is not the time to bring out a new animal that you just received two days ago (for a wide variety of reasons); you should be able to predict the animal’s reactions and movements. Similarly, this is not the time to fuck around with new gear. Practice new lenses on flowers. You must always be in control of your animal.
If you are outside and photographing native/wild reptiles, be aware of all of the above and also recognize that you are stressing an animal that already lives a stressful wild life. Restrict your sessions to five minutes or less and be hyper-aware of conditions - heat, cold, sun, overcast. Respect the animal’s home and replace any moved rocks, logs, or other cover. Take nothing, leave nothing.
And so it seems
Many prefer their dreams
Over the banality
Of their daily reality
They prefer mind’s manifestations
Closed eyes imaginations
Over the routine
Of a real life obscene
Perhaps in their shoes I’d feel the same
So for them I hold no blame
Instead I wish their luck to change
That their life might positively rearrange
But until then when they’re out of slumber
I’ll enjoy their spilt feelings in words on tumblr
And I’ll be grateful for their creations
Even though sadness might be their poetic motivation.
it’s interesting how yuuri’s actions are viewed as being a responsible. he abstains from food that might affect his performance, from drinking, before performance. but on the other hand, he accidentally slams his face on the rink barrier because he won’t listen to his coach, does an unpracticed quad flip to surprise victor, and rearranges his program during a performance to do four quads. so it’s yuuri less being responsible and more yuuri being determined. his actions are dictated by his ambition.
and this is perhaps why victor was so caught off-guard when yuuri said “let’s end this”. because yuuri is basically putting his ambition aside (whether or not he’d win the next day) for victor to return on the ice.
I had this almost finished and then anniversary event came out and so of course I had to rearrange the whole thing to add Sentai in!! Sentai is tied now with oni as my favorite genji skin HES SO COOL!!!