POTENTIAL THEM #1
Unfortunately, the people who are supposed to love us aren’t always able to give us the kind of love we need. Whether they are our mothers or our fathers, our grandparents or our siblings, some family, no matter how good their intentions, leave us feeling empty, invalidated, uncared for, and alone. And on the days when that pain becomes too much to bear, our work is to recognize that those people whose love we so desperately pine for are never going to be able to meet our needs. Not because they don’t care, but because they can’t change who they are.
Their scant affection isn’t a reflection on our worth. It isn’t even about us. It’s about them and their own limitations and struggles. It’s about their unique way of expressing love and the fact that it doesn’t match up with our own. And we don’t have to internalize that. What we need is to start reaching out to the right people. We need to create a family of people outside of our family. People who can meet our needs and reciprocate our love.
We need to appreciate our families for the ways in which they are able to show they care, and be accepting of the ways they can’t. We need to make peace with who they are and if necessary, we need to give ourselves permission to let go. We need to know that our worth isn’t something another person’s love can give or take away. We need to trust that with or without their affection, we are enough.”
— Daniell Koepke
— Stephen Hawking
(Below are the captions for each of the above photos.)
(1) Swimming elephants like 60-year-old Rajan used to be a regular sight in the Andaman Islands, south of India, but this five ton Asian elephant is now the last of his kind.
(2) Replaced by motorised boats, Rajan no longer needs to swim miles between islands to work for his keeper, known as a ‘mahout’. Rajan still swims for ten minutes twice a day, completing about 500 yards before heading back to shore.
(3) In his retirement Rajan can now enjoy swimming purely for pleasure.
(4) Brazilian photographer, Daniel Botelho, 30, travelled to the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean after hearing stories of islanders swimming with these giant beasts.
(5) ’I would swim between him and the sea bottom - but I almost got killed by the elephant during one photo shoot. Suddenly swell came and took me and the elephant by surprise. I was stuck in the sand because of the crash of the wave’ said the photographer.
(6) ’He did his best not to kill me - I felt him rolling on top and away from me, but it was an amazing experience to swim with an elephant. I felt like that could be one of the best days of my life.’
(7) Despite his close encounter with Rajan, Daniel still thinks fondly of the intelligent beast, and explained his significance as the last of his kind.
(8) ’Local people used elephants as we used horses to work,’ said Daniel. ‘When something needed to be built on an island they moved the animals by swimming long distances with them’.
(9) ’Those swimming elephants were all trained by their mahouts. Now nobody has an economic interest in spending ten years training elephants to swim’.
(10) ’As this is the last elephant to dive, he represents the end of an old culture’.
All images © 2013 Daniel Botelho / Barcroft Media, All Rights Reserved.
— Michelle K., “Like a Book”
I have some wonderful ladies in my life. (at Iquana Cafe)
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Winston and Loki are best buds.
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— Neil Gaiman
The color of the Aurora depends on the altitude and the atom being struck by solar radiation (causing excitation). At higher altitudes, there is more Atomic Oxygen than Nitrogen, leading to the common color stratifications you see.
500-200 km altitude
— Atomic Oxygen — Red
— Atomic Oxygen — Greenish-Yellow
— Ionized Nitrogen — Blue/Purple
— Nitrogen (N2) — Crimson
Oxygen only emits red at higher altitudes because once it’s excited, it takes a longer time to emit red than it does green. Why is that important? Well, at lower altitudes there is more Nitrogen for the Oxygen to bump into and absorb that excitation-energy before it gets a chance to emit red light. In this case, where the collision occurs, the Oxygen will emit Green and at low enough altitudes the Nitrogen-Oxygen collisions eventually prevent Oxygen from emitting any light at all.
During stronger storms, high energy solar particles will reach lower in the atmosphere and cause the Crimson emission from Nitrogen, creating a deep-red band at the lower edge of the aurora. Other elements emit light too, like Hydrogen (Blue) or Helium (Purple) which are at higher altitudes.
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