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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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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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