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Everyone Should Live By The 'Yes Theory' And Seek Discomfort

Ammar, Thomas, Matt, and Derin, you are brilliant!

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I recently stumbled upon a YouTube Channel called "Yes Theory" during one of my late night binges. I usually attract to make-up/fashion videos, vloggers and the occasional comedian, but this channel was nothing like I had ever seen before.

A group of four guys from four different parts of the world decided to make a channel in 2015. Their motto for their channel and for life is "We believe that life can be as authentic & fulfilling as you wish if you Seek Discomfort. We make videos about it." I believe everyone should check out their channel or at least live by their motto.

Have you ever tried to "Seek Discomfort?"

Have you ever gone outside of your comfort zone and done something exhilarating? Ammar, Thomas, Matt, and Derin have shown time and time again that seeking discomfort and doing scary and exciting new things can make you feel on top of the world and unstoppable.

As humans, we hate being uncomfortable, therefore we never push ourselves to look for discomfort and tackle it. Try it sometime, it's definitely a whole new lifestyle.

They're extremely contagious.

They even say so in their videos. Watching them jump out of a plane or meet Will Smith makes you want to go do exactly that. They make it look like facing your fears isn't as scary as we make it out to be. Watching the high they get after conquering their fears gives you a giddy feeling while laying in your bed on the other side of the continent.

Imagine living with no hesitations.

I have recently been living my life with a "no hesitation" rule and after stumbling upon "Yes Theory," it has empowered that even more. Imagine not just seeking discomfort, but going head-on with your everyday fears with no hesitations. Imagine overcoming your everyday stressors and anxiety because you aren't afraid to face them. It sounds so simple.

The "Yes Theory" has given me a new way to look at life and I didn't have to jump out of a plane to do that. If they can conquer their fears head on and put it on YouTube for millions to see, I think I can conquer mine as well. If you want your life to be as fulfilling as you want it to be, you have to seek discomfort and that's exactly what they challenge you to do.

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10 VSCO Presets That Make You Look Tan As All Heck

Because come on, we can't all be sun kissed while also working 40 hours a week.

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I don't know about you, but I cannot seem to get to the golden shade that I so desperately want. Think I'm silly all you want, but being tan makes me more confident. Now, working 40 hours a week, during prime sun hours doesn't exactly help this dilemma, so I have taken the matter into my own hands. These are a few of the VSCO Filter pre-sets that make me feel just as sun-kissed and stunning as I aspire to be, from the comfort of my cubicle.

1. E8 +8, Contrast +1, Temperature -1, Saturation -1, H. Tint Magenta +3

2. HB2 +7, Contrast -1, Exposure -1, Temperature +0.5, Saturation +1, Fade +1.5, Grain +4

3. C8 +12, Exposure -2, Saturation -2/+2, Grain +3 (Optional)

4. C1 +12, Fade +4, Contrast +2, Exposure +2, Saturation -2, Tint +3

5. A4 +7, Exposure -2, Contrast +1.7, Temperature +1.7, Tint +1.0, Saturation -2.0, Skin tone -1.0

6. M3 +12, Temperature -1, Contrast +2, Saturation -1/+1

7. E3 +12, Temperature -1, Saturation -2, Skin -2

8. HB1 +8, Exposure -1, Temperature -1

9. C1 +12, Exposure -1, Contrast +2, Temperature +2, Saturation -2, Skin Tone -3

10. G1 +8, Exposure -2, Contrast +2, Saturation +2, Temperature -1, Fade +2

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What Photography Means To Me

Every photo has a story. A story that leads to a specific place. At least that is the way I look at it.

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These days, social media has given everyone an equal chance to show off their pictures and their perspective of life through a simple click of a button. Then there are the mobile editing apps that many users to edit those photos to enhance the image or create a consistent theme or aesthetic for their Instagram feed. It seems to be about being like everyone else or making it look like your life is bright, fun, and a ray of sunshine that others wish they had. It has become a way to mask reality and fix the errors in life so no one can see the real you.

Now, I'm not saying everyone is like this, but I have definitely seen this while scrolling through the many pictures on my feed, feeling as though I am seeing the same thing over and over again. Noticing while people are trying to be like everyone else, they are losing sight of who they are outside of social media. There is no app for covering up reality. We must learn how to enjoy our raw and unique lifestyles when we take pictures. Knowing you are special, unique, and accepting where you are at instead of trying to fake like life is a daisy, makes you stand out from everyone else. Anyone can pretend to be okay, but what about being able to recognize life is tough but even in a blank stare, there is beauty.

I have been taking pictures of myself for almost a year now and I have truly come a long way. For such a long time I hated being in front of the camera and it was very hard for me to smile or even act like I wanted to be in the picture. It had nothing to do with anyone else, but for me it was about the fact that I believed I looked ugly. I just didn't want to see my face in a picture. I was so embarrassed by my skin and teeth that in every picture I just looked really uncomfortable or just angry.

This lasted up until last year around this time. I realized that I was more than my skin and my teeth. I believed that I was beautiful. So I just decided to start forcing myself to be in front of the camera. Being in front of the camera gives you the opportunity to be confident in yourself and that doesn't mean show more skin, or have a gigantic smile in every single one. Confidence in a picture can be captured no matter what you look like or what is happening in the photo. You, being the subject, allowing your inner beauty to be captured will shine through any blank stare or what you may think is boring. Being behind the camera has wonders of its own.

Learning the ins and outs of a camera to then gain the ability to understand how to take a picture with a story in mind changed my who perspective on what it means to be a photographer. When going through my Instagram feed (@mya.wea), starting from the bottom leading to the top, you will notice the difference in the images. You'll see where I was taking pictures to recreate someone else's picture or what I consider a story to make it my own and gain as many likes and followers like them. It leads to comparing myself and wishing I had their life until I approached the camera as a challenge to capture my life in one picture.

No one can have my life because my life is mine and unique to me. So, taking pictures with my life as inspiration, changed everything about my images. When I take pictures of myself or others, my ultimate goal is to expose the genuine beauty of reality. Whether it is a sad or happy picture, they each have their own raw reality that can be seen as beautiful.

My life may not be the most exciting or adventurous but it isn't about measuring up to what I think society would like. Photography for me is a way for me to allow people to see my life and my story one frame at a time.

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