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Book Review: High On Adventure by Stephen L. Arrington


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Book Title: High On Adventure
Genre: Narrative Non-fiction
Author: Stephen L. Arrington

Stephen L. Arrington had a dream of becoming a diver for Jacques Cousteau. This conceptualized dream began when he and his grandmother were watching the "Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau," a documentary show about sharks. He told this dream to his mom, but his mom said that he should only wish or aim for dreams that are attainable. His mother said that Jacques Cousteau will not hire an American kid who doesn't speak French. Consequently, Stephen held on to his dream that led him on becoming a chief diver for The Cousteau Society, even without the skills of speaking French. Surprisingly, another childhood aspiration of him came into existence by earning a private pilot's certificate at the age of 25. This obviously proves that what people say about our inclination and hopes has no control over how we would want to execute our lives. We are the captain of our ship, the pilot of our jet. His positivity and perseverance brought him to what he dreamed to become, and beyond.

His journey as a chief diver was realized when he took the thirty-three feet underwater expedition with Willie, a seasoned diving veteran. After joining an operational team, one of his earlier assignments was to save a big shark.

Caves, rocky ledges, waves, and moss-covered rocks on the shore and beneath the sea bed with a few tiny crustaceans and coral reefs in the beautiful coastline of Fijian island had become his playground.

The tiny, lush island in the Indian Ocean of Papua New Guinea let him explore its culture and absorb a new perspective through the help of the people who reside there.

His career made him enjoy life to the fullest. Snorkeling and diving with dolphins, whales, lobsters, manta, and bull orca, as well as being caged in a cylinder down the deepest seas for protection from being eaten alive by wild sharks. He also experienced diving from an airplane toward the earth's surface at 140 MPH and exploring the depths of the South Pacific Ocean—a boundless and breathtaking undersea feat.

The author generously highlighted the importance of what it means to truly enjoy the endless possibilities in the world we live in, along with our loved ones and the people around us—to be fearless, free-spirited, brave, and exposed... which he realistically detailed through his own foundational belief and outlook in life. He gently reminded the youth that life is an adventure to unfold through a pair of binoculars.

Below were some of my highlighted aphorisms from the book:

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves. —Thomas Edison

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. —Abraham Lincoln

If one advances confidently in the directions of their dreams, and endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. —Henry David Thoreau

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. —Jackson Brown

He also extracted excerpts from the books of Ecclesiastes, Corinthians, and Galatians.

The theoretical values, scientific and general truth, and esoteric statements in the book generally supported humanitarian, environmental, and philosophical discussions. Ideally, the citation at the start of every chapter gave something to contemplate.

High On Adventure was a narrative non-fiction story based on the author's real-life experiences and fun and exciting exploration. He didn't write this book on his own; he wrote it together with his wife. It has 28 chapters with detailed and descriptive content illustrations.

Stephen was undeniably a passionate storyteller, and that was maybe because of the bond that he had with his grandmother—that old soul vibe, which added an archetypal texture to the story.

Having the technical side, the narration, phrasing, sequence, and plots of settings and events on every chapter were illustrated well with such honest, transparent, and creative interpretation. I rate this book four out of four stars. This book would be appreciated by adventurers, divers, sailors, voyagers, explorers, and coastal navigators—as it'd surely relate to their knowledge, experience, and expertise.

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