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Grown Ups and The Great Outdoors

I had low expectations when a rerun of the Grown Ups movie showed on TV. That it was starring several big names in comedy suggested that it would be just one of those crazy movies that’s more slapstick and laughter than anything else. I was very pleasantly surprised though that while the movie did have its offensive moments, it highlighted something I feel strongly about:

The family that goes outdoors together, stays together

What is it about the great outdoors that brings you closer together? Sure, you can argue that you stay with your family at home, watch TV together, but there is something about nature’s display that makes the experience even more memorable.

In front of the TV, there is something that demands most, if not all of your attention – hundreds of images flashing before you at breakneck speed. They are for your personal consumption. They bring you to a whole new world. Even if you are beside your loved ones, giving out occasional comments, ultimately the experience is just you and the TV. It’s even worse now that we have all these gadgets around – the iPad for example. Apps are so engaging that you can enjoy without any other human companion.

On the very opposite end, the beauty of the outdoors seems to be heightened when you are in good company. A sunset is beautiful even if it is just you sitting down on a bench gazing at it, but there is something that makes you desire to be with someone – the urge to hold someone’s hand and revel in the glorious painting before you.

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What good is skipping rocks when nobody is there to skip with you and marvel at the distance? And what a waste is it to enjoy a cool dip in the lake alone when you can share the gift to others?

A barbecue meal is best enjoyed by the whole family, with everyone doing their part.

A big catch of fish should be celebrated by all.

A friend can help you row the boat.

A swing will not move by itself without someone to push it.

 

Nature compels you to love and to be one with everything and everyone around you.

The family that goes outdoors together, stays together

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The Best Sunset Photos

What makes a sunset so beautiful? Is it the way it paints the light blue canvas with a multitude of deep reds, oranges, and purples? Is it the way the water reflects these colors, or the way the city is bathed in them? Is it because it signals the winding down of the day, the anticipation of clocking off from work to party with friends or settle down at home?

Whatever the reason, a sunset is always guaranteed to bring us a peaceful mindset. Here are some of the best photos of sunsets I’ve seen on the Internet:

The first does not veer far away from home. It’s a photo of Arizona taken by Gene Hanson. There is something very poignant about the shadow of a lone cactus and its dynamic backdrop.

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Even the dreariness of winter cannot dampen the vivacity of sunset, as seen by this picture of Fairbanks, Alaska. The colors are more pastel and slightly subdued but just as beautiful:

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Even the giraffes are at awe over the sunset in Africa. Image was taken from Pinterest but actual source is unknown.Image

I could go on and on here but I’ll stop with just these three. Do you have a sunset photo to share?

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