Ari Vanderschoot

Paia, HI, United States

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Ari Vanderschoot
Posted over 2 years ago
What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?
My passions have been many. The first one was for horses and I spent from 7 to 16 pretty much wrapped up in all things horsey This spread into a love of animals and nature as my awareness began to expand .Being out in the wild,both Ocean and land based would give me a super charge. I also had this natural tendency to make things out of things and draw a lot so I was encouraged to explore art. That took off and became an escape and also a platform to stand on once I was ready to present my creations and they were so well received. I took that to a full on career which of course eventually killed the passion.. Now I have a new passion that ties many of the past ones together. It involves a life of sailing for the Oceans. Learning and teaching , connecting and protecting , Being an Activist at sea and pouring my heart and soul into helping to keep this beautiful blue planet alive. I am not sure yet exactly how this will unfold but I am devoting my resources and my labor of love into making it happen. That's where the creativity comes in to play again. I see puppet shows with the children of remote island communities, using adorable sea creature puppets ,showing films on their shores to help them to understand the oceans . To inspire them to want to protect their waters in a way that is now so needed. I'm not sure if I can really call this a passion as much as a calling. The passion is to live an active ,adventurous and creative life with a strong sense of purpose. The calling is in helping people to wake up and take care of our planet. The challenge is to weave it all together so it works . The Children are the hope for a future that continues the cycle of life.