Shailene Woodley May/ June 2014 Natural Health interview: ‘I find myself living in two worlds sometimes, being this person who can walk a red carpet in a huge, fancy-a** ball gown, high heels and mountains of makeup, but also being the girl at a hippie festival in the middle of the forest with war paint on my face, dancing around with hair armpits.
I exist so well in both, and I used to feel like I had to choose one or the other. I struggled with that up until doing The Fault in Our Stars. I have one life to live, and it could end any minute, so I’m going to appreciate every single moment. I’m going to own my day before my day owns me.
There’s one defining moment that I’ll never forget: It was an incredibly windy day and I was walking through the quad of my public high school, which is surrounded by pine trees. There were hundreds of pine needles swirling around in the air, and I looked down and scattered across this huge grassy expanse was all of the trash left over from lunch.
Plastic bags, soda cans, that kind of thing. And something just clicked when I saw the juxtaposition of the ignorance on the ground against the beauty and freedom in the sky. That’s when I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to this, because there’s something really wrong here.
..Hawaiian culture is so laid-back. A local told me that on some freeways, they have a minimum speed limit because people get ticketed more often for going too slowly than too fast. It was special to experience that when I was 18 because I grew up in L.A., and I’d been used to one particular paradigm of living.
The abundance of traditional Hawaiian culture is magnificent. It’s a lot of connection to the land that we don’t have in the ‘my ego, my mind, my this, my that … ‘ way of thinking.
I heard that in the Hawaiian language, ha means breath, and when you say Aloha to someone, you’re really saying, ‘I’m breathing so that you can inhale my spirit, and when you exhale, I’m inhaling your spirit.’ It’s true recognition of another person’s soul and entity.’