Dakota Adan

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When was the last time something stopped you in your tracks? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I came to this place in the quietest hours of the morning, before iPhones hungry for hearts flooded what is actually a living breathing community. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with snapping a photo, or scoring a "banger" for "the 'gram" but I'm praying for the man writing this that he can capture something more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You see before I started traveling I started searching for moments. And it has always been my goal to share moments over a photos; to tell a story rather than worry about who is watching mine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And in this small instance I saw it: the gentle beauty of the world. As real as the phone in your hand, I could see peace staring back at me from apartments pressed together like a sock drawer that has become too full. In this moment, it existed. Even in a bustling place such as this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Praise the eyes to see and a heart to feel what the photo might have missed. I'm still just a man searching for moments, and if they only happen while scrolling my feed, well I'm afraid I may have missed the point. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Challenging you #tigertribe to do more of what makes you come alive!
What is your favorite thing about being your age? ~ When I was a kid I used to run around in my grandmas jungle of a backyard. I didn't know what I was looking for but I knew adventures were out there to be had. ~ Perhaps one of my favorite parts of growing up is I get to still go out looking for adventures and my seeking takes me even farther. I don't need to ask for permission to go play. ~ It's silly but I bought myself a bunch of notebooks (because if you haven't noticed I love writing) and thought to myself, there was one point I would have had to ask permission for something that brought me a little joy. I'm not reckless with my money but the point is, if someone asked me what do you want to do with your life, I would say... I'm doing it. ~ I don't know when it happened, but I have given myself the gracious permission to live, and it had made all the difference. ~ That's probably how I ended up barefoot in the jungles of Cambodia 😅 ~ PS koh ker is an amazing choice if you come out to Siem Reap Cambodia. It's a pyramid rising from the jungle that looks like it came from a world away. And the best part is, you will experience the wonder and adventure of exploring the ruins without the crowds of Angkor Wat
Where is your family from? ~ There's nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more secure. -Jim Butcher ~ For Christmas my family all sat around a table and spat into little plastic tubes to find out exactly where our genes come from. ~ As it turns out, I have ancestors from a lot of different places; from Asia, native to America, Europe and then some. ~ It's a funny thing how we all have this fascination with where we come from just as much as where we are going. But it's that huge space in the middle that makes a life. ~ No matter my past, or future I'm chasing, I hope to lead a life so well lived that I can always find joy in the present. ~ Thank you siblings for going on this trip to Alaska with me ❤ and @spirithoods for the gear to stay warm
Who have been your biggest mentors? ~ Some years back I decided that after getting an AA at a wonderful community college, I would forgo transferring to a full time university to pursue my career. Now I am not against college, in fact I love learning (and if college didn't put so many from my generation so far in debt I would probably have gone). But life has many teachers, and my determination to learn was not going to be held back by my schooling. ~ India cradles a richness in its culture and spirituality that had me wide eyed and open hearted. I began writing down things that people said to me and bits of inspiration and insight. Because there's nothing quite like leaving your comfort zone to show you how much you don't know. ~ Some things were simple exchanges offered over the bustle of the streets, like "I smile my friend is a very powerful thing. It can change everything." ~ Others were more profound like the bounty of joy I saw when children I played with in a village. ~ They taught me gratitude, the value of your own joy, and that the way we think life should always be done, may not be the only path.
Who likes to hike? ~ This was the part of the hike where I looked the most put together. I had asked 3 of my good friends to come along with me on what I thought would be a fun easy day in nature and what I got was humbled by the mountain and the locals who kept passing us. ~ Located in Seoul, South Korea, this pristine mountain provides a 360 view to anyone who makes it to the top. But that journey involves hours up and hours down. And an over eager me took off strong at the beginning but quickly realized this was a long game not a short race. ~ Embarrassed at my loud and heaving breath, I watched people old enough to be my grandparents stroll by me time and time again. But it wasn't until I was nearly to the summit that I recognized the lesson. ~ There's no rush. ~ I had been walking through a glorious national park with my head down trying to catch my breath in order to "finish" the hike sooner. ~ I want to be more present. To be able to claim the joy before the peak, and to give myself the grace to walk and not sprint through my days.
Have you ever made something but were too scared to put it out there? ~ Most things have been done before, but they have not yet been done by you. -Elizabeth Gilbert ~ It took me a while to post this photo (or any of my photos from Jordan in fact) because part of me felt like it had already been done before (better in fact). What could I possibly add? ~ If you look up Petra as a location, you will find a ton of photos from photographers and tourists alike from around the world. In fact I'm starting to think no matter where I go there will never be an original photo that I can take. And why do what's already been done before? ~ But that was never the point. ~ The point is to find my authentic voice. To tell the truth without caring about being "original" ~ Like the long hike I made to get to this place, the journey is always worth taking because it changes, you. ~ Let other people worry about having something "original" to say, film, write, paint, or make. I'm on my own journey, learning to to simply tell the truth as I see it.
It's my birthday!!! What's the best birthday advice or life lesson you've ever received? ~ When I was young my parents tasked me with cleaning out the underside of my bed. A small space littered with dust bunnies and beanie babies, and a tin button that would rock my 8 year old world. ~ The button said "I'm 7 today!" In emphatic neon green letters. And to a now older me, it was the realization that an entire year had come and gone. ~ The old soul in my 8 year old body cried (sobbed actually) at just how fast this life thing was moving (I know... who's dramatic child is this?). But I realized at that moment two things: that our time is limited, and the time we do have, matters. ~ I refuse to live the same year 75 times and call it a life. I'm doing all the "someday" things today, spreading love like wildfire and spending my talents like a rich man determined to go broke. ~ For those of you who have been with me a while I am working on something special for you this year. A book of short stories and life lessons of an old soul, and a boys journey to catch up. Thank you for being a part of my adventure story, I can't wait to share more of myself with you this year! ~ Photo by @stlzphotos in LA
Are you a logical fact person or emotional intuitive? ~ I've been told I'm a "feeler" at best or too sensitive at worst. But I could not help but be filled with emotion (and yes these eyes got misty) when I finally walked the steps to this wonder of the world. ~ The Taj is more than just a pretty building, it's an architectural love story. As legend would have it, it was the dying wish of a mans wife that would inspire such radical beauty. ~ I too am building a masterpiece. Not of stone, but with the words I write and with the promises I keep. ~ My love story is the life I live. ~ Because the truth is, we all have only a few short years on this wonderful planet, and every wish we making is a dying one. ~ What masterpiece are you making? ~ #tigertribe #storyteller
What's the one flaw your friends all know about? ~ You will never find time, you have to steal it. Steal moments that matter to you, wherever you can, whenever you can. -My Dad ~ My close friends know that if we are supposed to meet at 2, I will probably show up at 2:10. It's a bad habit, I know, but I am a self diagnosed time optimist. ~ I always think there's more time, or that I can squeeze just a little more out of those 5 minutes. And sometimes I'm right (my roommate can't stand when I show up to a movie theater late and sit down right as the lights dim). ~ But it all comes from a place of trying to not let a single minute of my time here be wasted. So while I'm a work in progress, and I plan to be a little more punctual in 2018, I'll still gladly claim the title of "Time Optimist." ~ What we can accomplish in the little minutes of our days would truly astound us if we put them to the test.
Are you the type that stands out in a crowd (whether for good reasons or awkwardly like me 😅) or is wallflower more your style? ~ Maybe it was the fact that I was dressed for nuclear winter and she was dressed for a cold day, but she knew the moment I rolled up that I was not from around here. ~ Her name was Jesse and she worked at the hotel I would be staying at and as far as I could tell I was the hotels only guest. ~ After answering her 20 questions about life outside of Alaska I returned hers with one: what do you love to do when you aren't working? She sighed and looked out at the mountains and said "this is basically all life is for me." ~ I didn't know what to say, here I was visiting a place teeming with adventure and a sky that danced with lights every night but this girl felt the same way I did about my quiet little beach town I grew up in. ~ The grass always seems greener, but this throwback video of my time in Alaska, chasing northern lights, reminds me to prosper where I am planted. To love the life I'm living. And if an adventure to the arctic circle is what it takes to remember that, fine by me.
Who motivates you to try harder, or go further? ~ Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. -M. Scott Pec ~ If I'm being honest I was in over my head when I made this trip. I was traveling alone and it was one of my first times doing so, and I had only just arrived in the country when I got literally stuck in the airport customs because I did not have enough foreign cash on me for a visa. (The most rookie mistake ever) ~ But luckily I had booked a tour guide and he made a lifelong friend when he called in favors to (no exaggeration) rescue me. ~ He told me the story of why he became a tour guide. He has always had a dream of visiting the US and years ago applied for a visa just days before 9/11. ~ Even after multiple attempts, he never got the visa. But he still gives tours in Egypt because it is his way of seeing the world through the eyes of another. I realized in that moment how lucky I was to be able to just visit places simply because of the passport I have. And the best way I know how to honor stories like his is to simply not take for granted the blessing I have. ~ I'm not one for feeling "guilty" but I am someone who is constantly trying to find perspective and gratitude, and hopefully... not waste the precious time I've been given.
#5 How do you express your creativity? ~ Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing. -Marc Chagall ~ When I was young and Britney Spears was all the radio wanted to play, I received a small video recording device that I could make movies with. ~ The editing system was crude but some of my first and finer works were of my stuffed animals (with me narrating in Morgan freeman style), and eventually working my way up to choreographed fight sequences between my older brother and me using borrowed school equipment (dont tell my teachers they'd kill me 😅). ~ At the same time I also had a budding interest in writing. I loved stories and I loved poetry and even wrote some truly cringeworthy poems that are hopefully lost to the passing of time (and never resurface). I specifically remember handing one to a teacher just said it wasn't a poem and handed it back to me 😂😭😩 ~ Even though the work wasn't brilliant, I started somewhere and did things I had a passion for and eventually I got better. I found teachers and mentors and the work improved. ~ Most people don't tell you when you start a creative venture that the hardest part is knowing your going to put out garbage work for a minute but that's not the point. One of my favorite teachers would say, "here's the good news, if you keep working to improve, this will be the worst work you will ever make. From here, it only gets better." ~ Just like a kid who makes a drawing to the best of his ability, without any thought of whether it will be received as his most brilliant work, as an artist, we just have to keep being and doing our best. Let someone else worry about if it's brilliant. #dowhatyoulove #lovewhatyoudo
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