Why It's Important To Live Life With A Little Adventure

Why It's Important To Live Life With A Little Adventure

What's life without adventure?
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Humans have a tendency to be very repetitious. We wake up in the morning. Go to school or work. Come home. Eat. Sleep. It's the same thing everyday. Yet we are comfortable with the same boring thing all the time. It's our comfort zone.

We live in a spot were we know we are safe and sound. But is that really living? Where is the risk? Where is the adventure? If we aren't living our lives to the fullest then why are we here at all? This is why it's important to live a life with a little adventure.

Adventure is an experience that greatly impacts one's life and begins to define how they live after, but it is the exact definition that can be different for everyone. For example, someone's sense of adventure may be to go to Mount Everest and conquer the mountain while another person's idea would be to go on a hike in a nearby park. Even though these adventures are different, both people will learn valuable experiences that will ultimately change their lives.

There are so many reasons why we should embrace adventure in our everyday lives. First of all, we are all stuck in our safety bubble that we rarely try to experience anything new. It's very easy to get stuck in our safe routine and sometimes we just forget how to live!

Second of all, going on vacations and little adventures is scientifically shown to make a person happier; you forget about all your work problems and go love life.

You experience something new, which gives you the opportunity to share your stories. What's even better is when you find someone else who had a similar adventure and swap stories!

Going on adventures gives you a new view of time. You begin to realize that we are on this Earth for only a fraction of what we originally thought; humans only have so many years until we are unable to go out anymore. Which is why people with adventure in their blood begin to live like each day is our last.

This leads to the last reason why adventure is important in our lives: we only live once. I know it's the cliché saying that everyone goes on about, but it's true. Why spend our lives holed up in a little town with work that is actually pretty insignificant and wait for the adventures to come to us. But that is not how life works. Life wants you to go out and make stories—you to go out there and find the meaning of life. And unless you don't take that little step—that little risk—you will never experience adventure and, in return, life.

So let's all put our phones, laptops, and tablets down and stop looking at those amazing adventure pictures on the internet and get out there. It doesn't have to be a trip to the Caribbean or the jungle. Remember, everyone's adventure is different; go talk to a random person and befriend them, attend a fancy diner that serves authentic Korean food, or take a themed road trip for a weekend. These are all worthy adventures that beak up the daily norm of our lives. This is how you live. Do something different everyday and you will live a life full of adventure. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and claim your own adventure!

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Bella Swan From "The Twilight Saga" Is Deeper In The Books

Bella Swan's character is complex with a darker twist
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To begin, I am a fan of the books and movies and have watched and read them many times. I have never seen a book shared with such intensity, and the first novel came out in 2005. The fervor with which it was read has been unparalleled except for the Harry Potter books. I gave my copy of the Twilight books to some of my friends, and before I knew it every girl was asking if she could borrow them too. Every teenage girl at school was either Team Edward or Team Jacob.

Overall the movies do a good job of bringing the story to life, with a lot of engaging action and dialogue. The cinematography of the films is beautiful with that blue and green filter, and the use of camera angles really pulls you into the action sequences. The supporting characters were fleshed out and I enjoyed their presence even more in the films than I did in the books.

However, in the movie I found Bella’s character to be more of a husk of a character. In the books, she is a fan of classic literature such as Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights, knows how to cook and keeps to herself because she is introverted. She's clumsy to a fault and loathes gym class as she is always dropping things and tripping over herself. She doesn’t pay much attention to her appearance and thinks she isn’t that pretty because she has brown eyes and hair and is pale as porcelain. She doesn’t see how stunning she looks, nor does she understand all of the new attention that is paid to her at her new school. She’s very feminine and curious about other people. Most of her conversations involve her asking questions of others because she likes to steer the conversation away from herself.

She’s a smart student as she was in several AP classes at her old school in Phoenix. She also seems to suffer from mild depression in her mood and thoughts. Once she moves to Forks to live with her dad, she frequently cooks for her him and herself and helps out around the house.

In the movie, she is just kind of there. No interests, no life, nada, with kind of an edgier vibe. Most of the conversations between her and Edward are silenced by a track of alternative rock, and you don’t get to hear their personalities or how they get attached to one another. Instead of Bella’s home cooking, she and her dad go to the local diner. Her intricate and fantastical dreams make up a significant part of the books, however, her dreams only made it into the movies near the end of the series.

Another important change was the glossing over of the sequence in "Twilight" where she gets lost in the city of Port Angeles. It is intensely altered and it shifts the whole tone of the story. In the movie, Bella is harassed by a group of belligerent intoxicated frat boys. In the book, she is stalked by a straight up serial killer, and it’s terrifying. I and many other women have had similar experiences and the book played out an all too familiar scene.

The danger that women live under is trivialized in the movie where the threat level is downgraded from a 10 to a 3. Realistically, in the situation in the movie, she could have just kept walking quickly back to the busy street and would have been fine. In the book, she’s cornered by a serial killer and probably rapist in a back alley far away from anyone who could find her. Edward is only able to find her because, as he is telepathic, can hear the thoughts of the men following her. She would have died and worse if Edward hadn’t found her.

This sequence makes his following her a lot less creepy because he actually saved her life. He can hear the thoughts of people concerning her, and he could tell that she would be in danger because she is attractive and a daydreamer. The sequence in the movie was not a life-threatening situation. The books would have ended near the beginning if Edward had not found her.

Her character is often criticized for just giving up and sitting there doing nothing after Edward leaves in the second book, "New Moon." However, her behavior speaks strongly to her having PTSD after being attacked by the rogue vampires at the end of the first book. Nightmares, social withdrawal, depression and seeking out dangerous situations. Edward's leaving was the final domino. Not only does her boyfriend leave but he removes any evidence of himself or his supernatural family by taking all of the photos away. This was meant to make it easier to forget him, but what it does is it messes with her mind. She starts to doubt her own memory and what she knows to be true. She continues to go to school but avoids everyone except for her friend Jacob.

Her condition deepens when she actively hallucinates that Edward is there. In the book, it is just his voice but in the movies, it includes actually seeing him in front of her. Bella is hardly just "sitting there" after the attack on her life and the Cullen's disappearing. Being heartbroken is a real condition that shouldn't be made light of. At that point in the story, she needed a serious intervention from a professional and even an antidepressant. Her family and friends don't do much to help her, in fact, most avoid her. This is, unfortunately, an all too realistic reaction.

Part of a reason for the popularity of the Twilight Saga is that she is a feminine female character. The only other equivalent character in popular culture in terms of being a shy, smart and sweet girl is Rory Gilmore of "Gilmore Girls." The insane popularity of the books speaks to the demand for female characters that are more realistic and relatable.

Bella's rich interior life was not translated onto fruition on the big screen, which focuses on the exterior elements of the plot. She is smart, feminine and resourceful, while having realistic insecurities and fears, and that is a big part of why the books went viral. However, her introverted personality is silenced in the movie by a lack of details about her interior life, interests or feelings.

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23 Hit Songs That'll Immediately Bring You Back To The 90s

Everyone wants to take it back in time with music every once in a while. This one is for the 90s kids!
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The 90s were hands down the best of times. Ask any 90s baby and they will tell you that all things good started in the 90s. Music is by far at the top of that list. Here are 23 hit songs take you back, and sure to put you in a good mood.

1.(1990) "Hold On" by Phillips

2.(1990) "All or Nothing" by O-Town

3.(1991) "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams

4.(1992) "Jump Around" by House of Pain

5.(1992) "Jump" by Kris Kross

6.(1993) "All For Love" by Bryan Adams

7.(1994) "Only Wanna Be With You" by Hootie & The Blowfish

8.(1994) "I Swear" by All 4 One

9.(1995) "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan

10.(1995) "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

11.(1996) "Wanna Be" by Spice Girls

12.(1996) "C’mon n’ Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ’s

13.(1997) "I’ll Be" by Edwin McCain

14.(1997) "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Gardens

15.(1997) "All My Life" by K-Ci & Jojo

16.(1997) "Too Close" by Next

17.(1998) "Whoomp! There It Is" by Tag Team

18.(1998) "I Do (Cherish You)" by 98 Degrees

19.(1998) "Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks

20.(1998) "I Can Love You Better Than That" by Dixie Chicks

21.(1999) "No Scrubs" by TLC

22.(1999) "All The Small Things" by Blink-182

23.(1999) "Scar Tissue" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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