The terrifying, world-altering power of every tiny decision you make

As you’ll know from every movie, cartoon, TV show and book with a time travel plot, the seemingly small decisions we make on a daily basis can have a surprising amount of influence on the future. It’s the ripple/butterfly/domino effect – whatever you want to call it. With every choice, a tiny lever clicks into…

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Today a squirrel shattered my self-esteem slightly

There’s a lady who frequents my local park. She has unkempt white hair and she carries a lot of plastic bags on her mobility device, as though she lives in some kind of rustic way (I imagine a derelict old house packed with towers of horded junk, but this is mere conjecture). Every day I…

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Lying beneath a cherry blossom tree, I remembered that incredible experiences are everywhere

Last night I watched My Octopus Teacher on Netflix, a documentary about a filmmaker who, on the verge of a mental breakdown, gives up work to free dive off the Western Cape of South Africa every day. Wetsuitless, he slips into the cold, turbid waters of the South Atlantic Ocean every day (without exception, whatever…

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Why are outdoor pursuits so white?

I had to scroll through seven pages of white people gazing over mountain vistas before I could find a stock hiking photo featuring someone of colour. And it’s not that my image search is powered by a neo-Nazi algorithm (I hope); it seems to be representative of what’s happening out there in the real world.…

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Happiness is only real when shared

Last week, over a few days (because I’m an easily distracted Millennial), I watched the film Into The Wild for the first time. If you haven’t seen it, pop it on your ‘to-watch’ list because it’s one of those films that’ll embed themselves into your being – in a really good way. It’s beautifully scripted…

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Fine, eat animals if you must but don’t support factory farming

Some time at the end of 2018, I ate my last piece of bacon. Never again in my life would a piece of delicious fried flesh pass between my lips…and do I have any regrets? Only that I didn’t do it sooner. Vegetarianism came to me quite late (I was 28 when I finally made…

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How to look outdoorsy

I was inspired to write this post 5 years ago when I was shopping in Millets for things to take on holiday campervanning around California. Millets is a very inspiring place.

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Celebrating 100 Whalebeings (followers) with 10 photos of nature being too beautiful for its own good

It’s been six weeks since I created this blog Whalebeings.com, and as of the moment I’m writing this, an incredible 89 of you have already clicked the ‘follow this blog’ button to receive a notification when I post something new. To be honest I’m amazed and completely chuffed that you’re not only clicking on my…

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Monday again

I’ve just finished up work for the day so, seeing as my laptop is already open and I seem to be in the flow of writing, I thought I may as well post a short blog about nothing in particular. Mondays, eh? In my opinion, Monday is much worse when you’re looking at it from…

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