Last weekend, I went on another adventure to go exploring in northern Taiwan. My friend and I took the train to Haikeguan 海科館 station and walked along the coast in the Badouzi 八斗子 Coast Park. The trail we walked on was called 望幽谷 Wang You Gu. It was a super hot day so it involved a lot of reapplying sunscreen on my face and body.
During this trip, I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do. As a blogger and photographer, it is instinctual for me to see something and immediately think, “Oh this would be a great photo” or “Oh this would be a great for the blog” and then take out my phone to snap a photo. Those are the things that are on the top of my mind. But lately, as I continue to work on self-awareness and self-growth, I realize that I should spend time enjoying my surroundings and not only think about capturing the perfect photo. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to create memories so we can look back at them, we forget to just enjoy the moment.
I need to frequently remind myself to take a step back and focus on the present because I catch myself trying to capture memories for future me to look back on. But truth be told, the memories would just be of me taking photos for future me. It’s funny that this topic keeps coming up because I did my final art project in college about this very idea about capturing memories through a lens versus creating them through our experiences. It’s something that I will continue to find the balance throughout my life.
To find the balance between taking photos and appreciating my present environment, I spend time taking my surroundings in, let myself enjoy and feel grateful for everything around me, and then I’ll take out my phone to take some photos. That way I get the best of both worlds!
From the top of the mountain, we were able to look down and see some fishermen fishing on the rocks below because it was low tide. It was so hot that we wanted to find a way down there so we could take a little dip in the water. After finding our way there, we found a nice spot to sit, eat some food, and swim in the ocean. The water felt so nice after feeling so hot and sweaty from the walk.
It’s safe to say that by the end of this day, I was still sunburnt despite reapplying my sunscreen every few hours. But it was an awesome day and I can’t wait for my next adventure coming up this weekend!