“Hidden away, deep within a forest in central Africa, is something quite special. But the Pollia berry’s name doesn’t quite do it justice, because this thing is shiny. In fact, it’s the shiniest living thing in the world. These fruits, which look a bit like something you might hang on a Christmas tree, owe the title to their microscopic physical structure. In fact, it might shock you to hear that they contain no blue pigment whatsoever. The surface of the berries is actually made of four layers of thick-walled cells, each layer itself containing more layers made of cellulose fibers. All those fibers run parallel in their own layer, but crucially the layers are all slightly rotated relative to each other, forming a spiral when you look from the top down. That means that when light hits the structure, some light is reflected by each layer of fibers in such a way that the light bouncing back is amplified—a concept known as constructive interference—to produce remarkably strong colours. The result is very shiny—shinier than any other living thing on the planet.”
Lana Del Rey
Love comes in many different forms, not all of them pretty.
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I’ve always said ‘it’s okay,it doesn’t’ matter and dealt with people being shitty to me internally. but you know what… it’s not okay. it does matter. and fuck you if you can’t treat me like I deserve to be treated. I’m a good friend, better than most people. I will always believe in the best of people and be there for them. but I will not be walked all over and I will not be taken for granted. you either appreciate me and show it or treat me shittyly and I’m fucking done. it is not okay. it does matter… because I matter and so do my feelings.
After a year of going to therapy, a year of dealing with shit, a year that consisted of way too much self-destruction and hell… I can finally say that it’s all paid off. I’m happy. I’m happy and excited about celebrating not only my birthday, but also the fact that I have made it through the past year. I now know I’m strong enough to deal with what comes my way. I stand on solid ground. I’m happy and excited for all that… and for what this next year will bring. Ups and lows… I know I can handle it. And that, in itself, is the very bestest present I could ever have dreamt of. And it’s from me and all to me :)
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