Fun Fact Friday

Ahh…the end of a strangely interrupted week. Sorry July 4th, no offense!

I love to have fun or just not use my brain so hard once in a while. We all need to relax, and so many of us need to learn how to chill.

So for Friday’s, we are going to do random, fun and easy facts. No brain required!!

If you have any topics or facts to share or you would like to see, send me a message.

Ocean Facts

  • 94% of life on Earth is aquatic.

  • The longest coastline in the US is in Alaska approximately 33,904 miles.

  • 50% of the US (in terms of legal justifications) lies below the ocean.

  • Humans have a better understanding of Mars than the floor of the ocean.

  • There are many underwater lakes, waterfalls and upside-down lakes beneath the surface from vacation beaches.

  • 1 milliliter of ocean water contains 1 million viruses and 10 million bacteria.

  • Indiana is landlocked but known for its sand dunes, Indiana Dunes National Seashore.

  • 22 states in the USA offer optional clothing beaches.

  • Jones Beach, South Long Island New York, is the most visited beach on the East Coast. 6-8 million visitors annually.

  • Largest ocean is the Pacific covering 30% of the Earth’s surface.

  • 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by our oceans.

  • The world’s largest living creature is the Great Barrier Reef at 2,600 km. It can be seen from the Moon!

  • The longest mountain range in the world is the Mid-Oceanic Ridge stretching 56,000 km along the center of the ocean basins.

  • Plastic straws and utensils are not recyclable and many time end up in our oceans.

  • 12 people have stepped foot on the moon.  Only 3 people have ever been to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. ( 7 miles deep)

Until next time. You are Not alone — J

Sources:

NOAA.com

Mother earth news.com

Wikipedia.com

Tripsavvy.com

Sandpiles and Dunes: One Week In

Happy One Week Anniversary SoulNotAlone.com!!

 

Sandpiles are merely a pile of sand.

Dunes are hills/ridges of sand piled by the wind usually large in size.

Being a lover of the beach, I thought it would be fun to use beach terms.

The sand piles in life are the everyday things, small goals, work week the “small things” as we call them.  The dunes are the milestones, hurdles in life; moving to another state, marriage, 21st bday, these are usually your most easily remembered memories.

We all have sandpiles and dunes in our lives.  I am delighted to reach my one week anniversary with my blog.  It may be a sandpile in your mind. However, I see this as one of my dunes.  It is a very new hobby, a form of therapy, a leap of faith and a way to let others know they are not alone.

As a fellow human, you understand how differently we view things.  When put into the same situation people have been known to recall different things happening.  The brain cannot always process what it is your seeing, and your recall may not be the real story. Add opinions, moods, and life, and it is easy to see how perceptions can be skewed.

At therapy on Monday, my Therapist said: “Perception is Reality!”

WOW!  That is huge and so true.  How you perceive your surroundings is your truth/reality/what is in your head.  Sometimes perception is not always the truth of the Universe, another person or even what you “truly” believe to be true.

Has a friend or family member ever given you a reality check on this subject?

I have many people that have talked to me about this subject lately.  When you get checked by a friend try to take a look at yourself.  Take a small step back to see if your perception is being swayed by your mood, others, social media, work or family.  If that is not where the problem lies, ask your friend to help you see things in a different light.  We are allowed to see things differently.  We are allowed to argue but must be respectful and open-eared.

One thing we need never do…discount someone’s problems.  Please, please do not do this it can be unknowingly devastating.  Words, opinions, and perceptions can indeed make or break a person.  It is not your place to discount someone’s sandpiles and dunes.

Only you can define your life experiences.  If you do not agree with someone’s decisions, that is okay.  But try to be open and encouraging and never force your views onto others. Sometimes listening to another’s story and empathizing can make you open up and experience new and wonderful things.

The vital thing to remember is that we are all different, but we are still human.  We do not need to see each others’ perceptions as our own, but we do need to try to be kind, open minded and never dismissive of other’s life journeys.  You never know if life will throw a curveball and change your way of perceiving and defining sandpiles and dunes.

Until next time, you are not alone — Jenn