This 23-year-old travels the world to show how big it is. Here are 7 of his photos.

Growing up, Andrew Ling didn't have a fear of heights or the dark or even spiders like a lot of other kids.

He was more afraid of his life passing him by.

"What I feared was that I might run out of time and how everything seemed to go by far too quickly," he said.


Now at 23 years old, Andrew  is putting the world — and our place in it — back into perspective.

W Circuit Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park. Image via Andrew Ling, used with permission.

It's easy to get caught up in the digital minutia of everyday life and everyone's life around us too. The comment threads, the partisan politics, the opinions flying everywhere. Nonstop information is coming at us in every direction.

What are we missing by trying to focus on so much?

Our planet, with its mountains, valleys, rivers, and seas — not to mention cities and other urban spaces — is genuinely big, sometimes mind-bogglingly so.

Andrew travels to places around the world and zooms out of them for a second, using silhouettes of people for scale.

When we view life through our screens, it can be easy to feel like the world is smaller than it really is. It's easy to forget how small we are in it, too.

We are so small.

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California.  Image via Andrew Ling, used with permission.

And sometimes we have to remind ourselves how small we are before we can truly appreciate the wonder of the places around us.

It puts a lot of the things we get worked up about in a different light. One that shows how insignificant many of our "problems" actually are.

North Cascades National Park, Washington. Image via Andrew Ling, used with permission.

"Growing up, I had never seen anything like these beautiful places before," he said. "So when I did, it was life-changing ... literally."

The pictures he takes are usually of himself or of travelers he meets along the way who are also soaking in the views.

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland. Image via Andrew Ling, used with permission.

Taking a step back to view the world around us can help us to refocus our energy and goals in life.

Julia Pfeiffer State Park, Big Sur, California. Image via Andrew Ling, used with permission.

There's so much to see.

Mount Pilchuck, Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington. Image via Andrew Ling, used with permission.

While Andrew's Instagram is full of majestic landscapes, it's the people he meets along the way that make the experiences what they are.

"To think that people actually spend their daily lives in a place that we often travel thousands of miles to see is mind-blowing," he said. "In Chile, I found some of the most genuine and beautiful people I have ever met. Directly and indirectly, they reminded me not to just create things in life, but to create memories and experiences as well."

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland. Image via Andrew Ling, used with permission.

Andrew uses photography as a way to freeze time but also as motivation to keep exploring new places, trying new things, and meeting new people.

"One day you will wake up, and there will not be enough time to do the things you have always wanted to do," he said.

"Do them now; you'll never be as young again as you are in this very moment. "

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

Watch the video to see how this experiment plays out.

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Take Dr. Jackie Sanderlin, for example, who's worked in the education system for over 25 years, and as a teacher for seven. Entering the profession, she didn't anticipate how much influence a student's home life could affect her classroom, including "students who lived in foster homes" and "lacked parental support."

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Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

So what resources do teachers turn to in an increasingly fractured world? "Joining a professional learning network that supports and challenges thinking is one of the most impactful things that a teacher can do to support their own learning," Anglemyer says.

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A new program for teachers that offers this network along with other resources is the WE Teachers Program, an initiative developed by Walgreens in partnership with ME to WE and Mental Health America. WE Teachers provides tools and resources, at no cost to teachers, looking for guidance around the social issues related to poverty, youth violence, mental health, bullying, and diversity and inclusion. Through online modules and trainings as well as a digital community, these resources help them address the critical issues their students face.

Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

With the new WE Teachers program, teachers can learn to identify the tough issues affecting their students, secure the tools needed to address them in a supportive manner, and help students become more socially-conscious, compassionate, and engaged citizens.

It's a potentially life-saving experience for students, and in turn, "a great gift for teachers," says Dr. Sanderlin.

"I wish I had the WE Teachers program when I was a teacher because it provides the online training and resources teachers need to begin to grapple with these critical social issues that plague our students every day," she adds.

In addition to the WE Teachers curriculum, the program features a WE Teachers Award to honor educators who go above and beyond in their classrooms. At least 500 teachers will be recognized and each will receive a $500 Walgreens gift card, which is the average amount teachers spend out-of-pocket on supplies annually. Teachers can be nominated or apply themselves. To learn more about the awards and how to nominate an amazing teacher, or sign up for access to the teacher resources available through WE Teachers, visit walgreens.com/metowe.

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