I have a tendency to be an exuberant and easily inspired person. I was told today that I think out loud, and it is true that I have a lot of thoughts. There is a lot that I want to do in life: learn a new language, travel the world, experience different cultures, explore new environments, capture the world in unique ways, work toward a healthier planet, and love others more. I want to live each day simply, take everything as it comes, and not worry about tomorrow. I want to do so many things and share my experiences with others.
But if I'm honest with you, I am also easily discouraged. I probably spend too much time on other blogs and social media, and it inspires me to a degree, but it also frustrates me. My eyes are filled with photographs of young women in beautiful outdoor settings, picture-perfect and pristine. I find myself falling into a cycle of comparisons, and the things I want to do become suddenly bigger than the things I am doing. How will I ever be able to do what they're doing? It's a dangerous place of what-ifs and I'm-not-good-enoughs.
When I get stuck in the comparisons game, I forget that behind the well-crafted photos, there are normal people like myself, living imperfect lives. They have their ups and downs too. They have their victories and their struggles too.
Isn't life so much more than what the media is making it? In a world that has become so superficial, I am determined to continue on my journey of changing the culture. Imperfections can be beautiful, and quirkiness can be wonderful. I want to be authentic and relatable. I want to inspire people to be transparent and intentional. It's a work in progress. But I don't want Ocean Girl to be just about me. I want it to be so much more than that.
Even if I don't have expensive camera equipment or a professional photographer on every adventure, those moments will be painted in my memory, scribbled in my journal. I am where I am for a reason, and I am going to make the most of it. And those big dreams? Those can still happen, all in due time. For now though, I'm going to swim in that big blue ocean, watch those sunrises and sunsets, and look for ways to love someone each day.
The grass may be greener on the other side, but look closely. The grass is pretty green here too.
Maddie Buresh is a writer and photographer with an unquenchable desire to explore the great outdoors, from the ocean to the mountains. She finds joy in trying new things, living in community, and crafting stories that encourage people to go outside, have adventures, and enjoy this big, beautiful world.