Nathan Barinstein – An Incredible Channel of Inspiration

Hi everyone,

I have found the most incredible, inspiring channel on youtube, called Nathan Barinstein (you can click on the name in blue to check it out, or just look up “Nathan Barinstein on youtube). This is a super interesting and entertaining channel and all of the videos that have been uploaded to it are FASCINATING. To anyone who reads this blog, please go check it out, you won’t regret it.

This is a youtube channel for anyone interested in travel, in self-discovery, and beautiful cinematography.

Here are the links to some of the videos (click on the titles below):

What is Happiness?

Meeting a President

Flying In An Old American Plane 

I really do think they’re worth checking out, and you can subscribe to the channel to get notifications whenever a new video goes up.

You can thank me later!



The Magic of Exploration

Hi there,

It’s a light-hearted piece for today, one born out of my joy of having this blog.

Let me first say that the last three-and-a-half months have been quite eye-opening. By that, I mean that life and has begun to feel more and more rich. Things are starting to look clearer, and I feel like I’m getting things a bit more. Life is appearing more fruitful to me.

I don’t mean that now everything is all happy and lighthearted, because that’s not the case. No, there are still the occasional times when everything seems awful. I’m only human, after all. But something has definitely changed. Maybe it’s a bit early to identify reasons as to why that is, but I honestly think that it’s has a lot to do with this blog.

A green and red Perseid meteor striking the sk...

Don’t you feel so tiny sometimes? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is so much out there. Ignorance won’t get you anywhere. If you really want to find what exactly it is that’s ‘out there’, you have to sit down and really articulate your jumbled thoughts. True exploration is the discovery of yourself. You may think there are things out there that you have not seen, that aren’t a part of you, but they are. When you try to make sense of the world around you, the things you see and hear and feel, you’re really just trying to make sense of yourself. Why? Because it all starts within you.

It’s not so much about survival for many of us anymore. Instead, I think we are searching for purpose, for definition, and we don’t know where to look. Many of us don’t want to look, because we fear what we can’t see.

Moving beyond the fear is everything. You cannot truly see when you are afraid to look.

If you are serious about examining life, about writing or articulating what you have to say, you must begin digging, no matter the fear. If you are truly curious, if you have the thirst to learn, the passion to discover, the will to move beyond what you know, you will continue to dig. And you won’t stop until you find something.

The magic in that is that what you will find will change your life.

Black & White Droplets

Can you see the color? (Photo credit: wenzday01)

I try to see beyond the surface of things, and despite my young age, I feel as though I’m already unearthing incredible things. Like I said before, I feel my experience in life has become richer, my understanding stronger. I believe what I believe a bit more passionately. I feel a little bit happier, a little more awake. And those seemingly small changes really change everything.

The magic of exploration is that life becomes a more dynamic place, a more beautiful place. And that’s because you become a more dynamic, beautiful person.


What a Constrained World We Live In

Asleep on desk

You choose when you wake up, when you let your curiosities, your passion lead you to discovery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’re living as if we’re asleep.

Our world is set by a system that focuses on hiding emotion away, and creative thinking is seen as unconventional and inconvenient. Even when creativity is sometimes supported, it’s never seen as efficient or effective, the things that corporations and governments are entirely focused on. Why are all these problems in the headlines of our news coming up? Why do so many things seem to be in the midst of a crisis? These things have to start meaning something to us. What are we doing that’s not working?

“Stupidity” is blatantly apparent all over the place. We all see it, and point it out, but at the same time, in many ways, we’re contributing to it. We’re participating in making that way of living a reality.

A lot of this lack of common sense is from the need for emotional release. We constrain ourselves from social pressures or other restrictions like our own personal beliefs. Eventually, the need for release will escape your walls, somehow, in some way. Sometimes it’s doing silly, thoughtless things for attention or to show defiance. It’s great to let loose, but not in a reckless harmful way.

Cover of "Visioneers"

Cover of Visioneers (Movie)

Many of us are taught not to think, just do what you know. Be safe, be conservative, and nothing bad can happen. Live a life like that, and you lose your ambition, your passion. Just like in the movie Visioneers, it’s obvious the unhappiness there is in living without any higher purpose.

And that’s exactly what I believe we need to rediscover. Our higher purpose. Why are we here? What are we doing, what can we discover during our time on this planet. Many of us have fallen asleep, we’ve lost what it was like to explore the secrets of ourselves.

Wake up. That’s always the first step. There is a world out there, outside of your bubble, but it doesn’t exist for you until you open your eyes from your thoughtless slumber. Stop blocking your emotions, free yourself to feel. Suddenly, it’s no longer the stupidity you’re contributing to, but the beauty.


A Magical Place



What is it about the beach that enchants us, me? It’s a magical place, with the kind of majesty that draws people of every kind.

It’s a place of imagination and creativity, where the mind can run wild. I look to the horizon and see the end of the world, the edge of existence. Beyond that, nothing I can even begin to comprehend. A place I will one day explore.

I like to think of the waves as Earth’s heart beat. They throb and pulse with metronomic life. The sheer amount of water demonstrates the power of beauty. It reminds me of how tiny I am. Of how beautiful I may one day be.

The sound of crashing water on sand is sweet in my ears, always welcome. It can fill one with the thrumming energy of a five-year old, or sooth to a deep, restful sleep.

The sands are like the shiftings and movings of our universe. Ever sliding, ever gliding into new shapes and forms under my feet, accommodating for my existence, respecting my space. Yet letting me know that it’s all there. Beneath me, beside me, all around me.

These two worlds bridge at the water line, damp sand and cool water kissing me feet. I feel loved.





Art. It’s everywhere around us. Because I’m playing the wide-eyed traveler, I’m seeing more of it, but truly no matter where one goes, humankind has brought some sort of creativity. And it doesn’t have to be man-made. There is beauty all around us, we just have to spot it.