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The Reality of Moving Abroad for the First Time

On the spur of a big night out, I decided to turn off my morning alarms. I missed my flight to Northern Thailand so that I could stay longer in Koh Tao. Little did I know that this would only be the beginning of my procrastination of returning back home to New Jersey.

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Learning to See Potential in the Unknown

It’s strange, looking back on a life you had every intention of returning to. It almost feels like someone else’s now. A 9-5 job, full suit (most likely), long commutes, 10 year plans. Some people find comfort in those things, and so did a part of me. It’s kind of like a question stuck on a revolving carousel: Did home change while I was away, or was it me that changed? Maybe both?

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Freediving to Play Large Role in Avatar 2 Movie

The long-anticipated Avatar sequel draws attention to freediving in a new light, as the majority of the movie takes place in an underwater world called “Metkayina.” There is a lot of underwater work done with both actors and camera men. Between the cast, safety crew, camera people, grips, and special effects technicians, over 200,000 hours were logged in the water.

With so much of the film revolving around the water, the cast became quickly immersed, quite literally. Kate Winslet insisted on doing all of her own waterwork, as James Cameron told Vanity Fair in November 2017:

The one thing she did do is demand that she does all her own water work. I said, ‘All right, that’s fine, we’ll have to teach you how to freedive.’ The other actors are up to three- and four-minute breath holds. We’ve already been doing underwater capture. We did a scene last week with six teenagers, well, actually five teenagers and one seven-year-old underwater holding their breath for a couple minutes and acting, actually doing a dialogue scene under water because they speak kind of a sign language.”

Days were long for the cast, as Kirk Krack, Performance Freediving International, told DeeperBlue.com. Most days started at 7:30 and went on well for 12 hours, and sometimes even longer on principal cast days. 

While freediving has been part of several movies over the years, such as “Chasing Mavericks” and arguably one of the biggest classics, The Big Blue, Avatar 2 has the potential to launch freediving into a whole new realm.

Filming has wrapped up for 2019, so we can only hold our breath and hope it comes out soon…

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Home Life After 5 Months Abroad

I’m currently sitting in the stillness that a house only knows in the early hours of the morning, with the moon just setting and the rooms still quiet. The time change from Thailand to New Jersey has left me wired and ready to take on the day while the rest of the coast is cozy in bed, yet to meet the chill of this December morning.

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What is Free Diving?

As I’ve had to explain to my parents multiple times, free diving is not diving that you do for free. When I told them I started free diving, their first response was, “I don’t understand, who is paying for you to dive then?”

While doing some research of my own, I found an article by Red Bull that described free diving with a perfect quote:

Free diving is where meditation meets endurance. You must quiet the mind before entering a world that asks you not to breath.

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