Tell people you love them. Tell people you love them even if they think you’re weird, even if you don’t think the feelings are mutual. Tell people you love them when they’re sad/happy/lost. Tell people you love them at 2am in the morning when your inhibitions have left you, and there isn’t anything stopping you from pouring your affection over their heart. Tell people you love them with sincerity. Tell them why you love them. Tell them you’ll love them even if they don’t love themselves.
You won’t always have the chance to do so. Moments pass you by, and so do relationships. Things change brutally, and quickly. Love is fluid. There are too many people in the world, living their lives without me, never knowing that I loved them and that, while it lasted, they were so so so dear to me. I don’t want to regret never sharing my love with other human beings. I don’t want to be an old woman and reflect and wonder, ‘did he ever know how precious he was to me?’"
"Date yourself. Take yourself out to eat. Don’t share your popcorn at the movies with anyone. Stroll around an art museum alone. Fall in love with canvases. Fall in love with yourself."
Photos by Gerry Ellis from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park. Here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. The elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
When elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. Grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. But as Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
Approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. With an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of Africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
CBC’s The Nature of Things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. You can foster an elephant with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust online here. For more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
Flowers dipped in liquid nitrogen and then smashed.
humans are so cute, when we say goodbye we put our arms around each other and to show we love someone we bring them flowers. we say hello by holding each other’s hand, and sometimes tiny little dewdrops form in our eyes. for pleasure we listen to arrangements of sounds, press our lips together, smoke dried leaves, get drunk off of old fruit. we’re all just little animals, falling in love and having breakfast beneath billions of stars
this is my favorite post
Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda
MURAHO FROM RWANDA
I hope you are loving your summer (:
Wake up, rise and shine, smile at flowers. Do whatever you need to do today to make you happy to be alive and proud to be human. Love you :)
Dušan Janković (Niš, 1894 – Beograd, 1950)
nacrt za plakat 1923
"How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it."