you are truly special

Extroverted Introverts: Ten things to know

Also known as an ambivert, an extroverted introvert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introversion and extroversion.

1. Their spot on the spectrum changes with their environment.

Your ambivert friend may be loud and gregarious around their family, but quiet and thoughtful at the office. Seeing them in both situations may feel like meeting two entirely different people.

2. Talking to strangers is fine – but don’t expect them to keep it to small talk.

Although an ambivert can hold up their end of a conversation, talking about the weather will not be enough to engage them. Their social energy is limited enough that they won’t want to waste it on meaningless chatter. They will likely push the conversation into deeper territory or bow out entirely.

3. They like to be alone – they don’t like to be lonely.

There is a big difference between the two. Choosing to sit at home with a tub of ice cream and a book feels fantastic. Sitting at home because nobody called them back feels sad and lame.

4. Getting them out of the house can be a challenge.

If you catch your friend on a highly introverted day, you may just be better off leaving them at home. They might manage to be social, but they’ll just be thinking about their books and their couch the whole time.

5. If they’re new, you can find them in the back of the room.

An introverted extrovert will approach new situations with cautious excitement. If they know someone in the group, they will likely cling to them a bit as they become comfortable. If they do not, they might waver on the edge of the crowd, slowly getting used to the water rather than jumping in all at once.

6. They’re selectively social.

They don’t mean to be snobs. They just have limited social energy and prefer interacting one-on-one or in small groups. For this reason, they can only afford to invest their social time and energy in those who they feel truly connected to.

7. Making friends is easy. Keeping them is hard.

They like talking to people, but they value their alone-time, as well. This can make maintaining a friendship tricky. If your ambivert friend makes an effort to consistently invest time and energy in your friendship, be glad. You are truly special to them.

8. Their social desires change with the breeze.

They might be desperate to hang out with you on Friday, but then not answer your call on Saturday. They’re not mad at you. They’re just super comfortable in bed watching films.

9. They can talk to you for hours.

If you manage to catch them in a one-on-one situation, an extroverted introvert will just not shut up. Once their interest is engaged, there’s no stopping them.

10. Listening is great too, though.

Sometimes they want to be a part of the action, but their social energy levels are too low for them to contribute in a meaningful way. Listening allows them to get to know you without burning up their social fuel. They also know its value from their chattier moments when they are desperate for an ear.

Homemade Inks

One of the many ways for us artsy witches to use the natural world in our practice is by making our own inks. The act of collecting ingredients, creating the ink, filling it with your energy and intent, and using it in your craft is truly magical! You can add some special touches to your Grimoire, draw sigils, add to potions, create fabulous works of art, or just replace your chemical filled paint with a non-toxic, eco-friendly alternative that is safe for your kids!

Here are some base materials you can use to make inks and the color they generally make. Obviously there’s some variation with the final color depending on the material itself (more or less ripe and the inherent color variation between selections for example) but this will give you a general idea. Also note that the color of some materials can change over a period of time.

Berries

  • Red Cherry- Red or Light Pink
  • Pokeberry- Hot Pink
  • Red Rasberry- Medium Pink
  • Black Cherry- Pink/Purple
  • Black Rasberry- Light Purple
  • Blackberry- Purple
  • Huckleberry- Denim Blue
  • Buckthorn- Hunter Green

Nuts

  • Black Walnut- Rich Brown
  • Avacado Pits- Red/Pink
  • Peach Pit- Black
  • Almond Shells- Black

Other Options

  • Coffee
  • Black Bean
  • Sumac
  • Spinach
  • Red Cabbage
  • Turmeric
  • Jicama
  • Onion Skin
  • Wild Grape
  • Goldenrod


Experiment! This list is no where near exhaustive and there’s tons of combinations to explore. I will be posting about my process for making inks and providing some examples soon so stay tuned!

The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdown

* Please note that the following breakdown contains some potential spoilers for the movie - they’re mostly based on inferences and rumours, but you probably want to skip this post entirely if you’re spoiler-averse. *

I’m exhausted (I woke up way too early to watch that trailer!), but I knew I couldn’t rest until I had done this. There is so much to unpack here, so you’ll have to excuse me for omitting some things (mainly space battles) and skimming over others. 

I’m sure I’m wrong with a good chunk of this, but this is all meant in good fun.

I hope you enjoy my first stab at breaking this baby down - if you think it can be improved or spot anything that needs to be corrected, please let me know.

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The Signs From Leo’s Perspective

Aries: You’re cool peoples, man. I can usually count on you to have fun with me. But sometimes you shut down. I don’t think you ever really let me know what your true feelings are. I wish you would let loose a little more and have fun like we both know you can.

Taurus: You’re too reserved for me sometimes. You never really talk and you can be really selfish sometimes. It would be cool if you actually started up a conversation with me so that I won’t be so insecure and think that you don’t like me.

Gemini: You’re my bestie. I love hanging out with you and going to all the hottest parties. You know how to have a good time the same way I do. But you can be really flaky and you lie to me a lot, which makes me mad. I wish you would be more honest with me.

Cancer: I love you so much and I don’t even know why. You’re clingy and babyish and emotional, which I usually hate, but, for some reason, I can’t even be mad at you. I love how caring you are and how much attention you give me. You love just as hard as I do. I just wish you weren’t so depressed sometimes.

Leo: You’re the bread to my butter and the peanut butter to my jelly. We’re like yin and yang. You are just as fabulous and fun as me and we always have fun for days every time we hang out. The only thing that sucks is we know how to push each other’s buttons which makes us fight a lot. I wish we didn’t have to go through that so much.

Virgo: You get on my nerves so freaking much. At the end of the day I still love you, but we just can’t ever seem to get along. I hate how much you criticize me and tell me I’m not living my life right. I also don’t like to be around you all of the time because it can be kind of depressing.

Libra: I love you so much. You’re super fun to talk to and you always have the latest gossip. You’re really fun and nice and you always try to get along with everyone. The only thing I don’t like is that you can be kind of nosy and get into my business.

Scorpio: You’re cool, but you’re fucking crazy, too. You get a little to hyped on your exes and want to talk about revenge plans, which puts me off. You can find better. You can handle a lot of liquor and fun when you’re not moody, and I like seeing that part of you more.

Sagittarius: You’re the person I can always call when I need a little pick me up. You’re a clown, but in a good way, and you’re really down to earth. I enjoy cracking jokes with you and just chilling and smoking weed together.

Capricorn: You’re the one I call when I need advice and someone to listen to y problems. You always know how to examine both sides of the story and figure out every possible solution. When I come to you for advice, I know I’m leaving with the best answer. The one thing I don’t like is that you never call me…you get so wrapped up in your work that you never reach out unless I reach out first. It makes me feel less important.

Aquarius: You’re pretty out there, and I think that’s why we get along. You accept me for who I am and don’t judge me for anything. You’re always doing something crazy that makes me laugh. Sometimes, you get pulled into your own dimension and I have no idea what you’re thinking about. I don’t like to feel like our relationship is detached.

Pisces: You truly know how to make me feel special and loved. You’re always complimenting me on all of the things that make me insecure deep down inside. You like to talk with me one on one and hear about my problems without anything in return. Then you make me feel better. The only thing that throws me off is how sensitive and emotional you can be. I don’t like to have to bite my tongue in case I might hurt feelings.

-Deja

12th House
  • The 12th house is very personal, and secluded. This is the house of secrets and hidden personalities. The signs, planets and asteroids residing here are internalised, and reside deep inside who they are. It takes people we trust the most to unlock them, and if someone does they explode like fireworks with profound energy and warmth. Unleashing the 12th house is like a private festival of emotions.
  • Sun in 12th: Someone with this placement hides their ego and self from almost everyone. They may come across as very shy and timid, as well as introverted. If this person opens up to you, you learn that there's confidence underneath the layers of quiet retreat.
  • Moon in 12th: Their emotions are hidden from view. They may be likely to take on everyone else's burdens because they never show they have any of their own. They feel so intensely when alone in their thoughts, and it can be scary for them sometimes. If they open up to you, it's a truly special thing. Their emotions and feelings are like the start of a new ink cartridge: powerful in colour, abundant when written out.
  • Mercury in 12th: They find it very hard to communicate, and probably only feel properly able to to very close friends or online where they can think about their responses. They'll pick texting over verbal confrontation any day. Speeches and arguments are exceptionally hard for them. Midnight conversations with them are beautiful, deep, and unique.
  • Venus in 12th: Love is a hidden gem. They don't often just give their heart to someone. Sometimes they may feel like they should, so can seemingly force themselves into crushes or flirting, but soon withdraw as they realise it doesn't make them happy. Love for them happens in the quiet of their mind, and the arms of their lover, rather than in the public eye. They are also lovers of poetry, reading, and artistic forms which make them think of how they feel themselves.
  • Mars in 12th: They hate to argue a lot. They'd rather work things out without stress or heated emotion. They're also very reserved in sexual affairs, preferring usually to keep the bedroom to serious relationships. If you ever get that far, you'll learn they're deep and intense. This placement may lash out when alone, and will pent up how they feel a lot like Moon in 12th, except it'll usually come out aggressively when alone.
  • Saturn in 12th: They feel so restricted inside. They make their own walls and barriers with their feelings and deeper selves that can stress them out and give them intense worries and stresses. They always feel the need to regulate their dreams and fears, often calling their deeper emotions irrational. Positively, they may tend to hide less of themselves from people.
  • Jupiter in 12th: These individuals no know boundaries deep within them. What they keep inside out of public view is a deep pool of emotion and dreams. They may be extensive dreamers, whether when asleep or awake. Sometimes their fears and anxieties are so strong, they aren't sure how to regulate and manage them.
  • Neptune in 12th: Extreme dreamers. They can often suffer from delusional thoughts of their fears, or being over anxious of parts of life. Neptune is at home here, and is free to gloss over and shroud whatever it wants in mystery and illusion. Someone with this placement may worry and overthink intensely, but never let this out into the open.
  • Uranus in 12th: These people want to revolutionise and change things, but feel unable to do so. They aren't sure how to project their want your change into the world. They can also want to change themselves a lot, and may manifest through several inner mentalities quite quickly to try and align themselves more with their life situations.
  • Pluto in the 12th: Destructive of their inner selves. They constantly change up who they are inside, sometimes without even wanting to. What is hidden inside them is a ball in a china shop. You may find they hide away their emotions on secret blogs or journals. The things they hard away from friends are often intense, which makes it even harder for them to open up.
Japanese vocab with Yuzuru - Day 13

[Disclaimer: this content may turn you into a hardcore Yuzu fan like it did to me, so read at your own risk!! XD] 

Today is something about Yuzuru that I find both very relatable but also admirable: It’s about how he view himself as a person.

1. 弱い(よわい|yo-wai): weak 

 –> 弱さ(yo-wa-sa) <noun> weakness, 弱く(yo-wa-ku) <adverb>

2. 強い(つよい|tsu-yoi): strong 

–> 強さ(tsu-yo-sa) <noun> strength, 強く(tsu-yo-ku) <adverb>

In Jounetsu Tairiki (at 20:17), when asked if he considered himself a strong person or not, he answered very quickly:

弱いです、めちゃくちゃ弱いです(よわいです、めちゃくちゃよわいです|yo-wai de-su, me-cha-ku-cha yo-wai de-su)
I’m weak, very weak.

But he has never been discouraged or settled with how he perceives himself. He has always strived to be better, to be stronger. After recognizing the fact that the reason why he wasn’t able to deliver good performances at NHK 2014 is not due to physical problems but rather a psychological one, he said this:

弱くなっている自分がすごく嫌なんです、それは本当に嫌いです。でもよわいというのは強くなる可能性がある。
I feel extremely unpleasant that I’m getting weak, I truly hate it. But being weak means I can become stronger.

And after the horrible performances at NHK, he bounced back and won his second GPF gold with brilliant performances. (If you’re interested, then head to this interview which I always hold very dear to my heart ). 

And here is Yuzuru’s motto for 2013-2014 season, where he aimed for the Olympic gold, and did eventually get his first Olympic gold (here at 7:10):

強い自分になることです(つよいじぶんになることです|tsu-yoi ji-bun ni na-ru ko-to de-su) To become my strong self.


It hurts to see Yuzuru bumping into so much hardships along the way in his career, but he has always come out of them as a stronger person, a better skater, and not only that is something so remarkable and admirable, but it is also what makes his performances and his victories much much more meaningful, for both him and us fans.

So it may be 1 month, 2 months not being able to see him skate, but I’ll put my trust in Yuzu this time, and hope he’ll rest well and have a speedy recovery :3

Intertwined Destinies I: A Great and Terrible Power

In the ‘Intertwined Destinies’ meta series, I intend on taking a deep dive into the mysterious connection between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. In this first instalment, I cover their pasts - exploring what might have brought Rey and Kylo to where we find them in The Force Awakens, and how their histories may be paralleled and, potentially, overlap.

The Story of Ben

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”

In The Force Awakens, we get only the vaguest allusion to the tragedy that sent Luke Skywalker into hiding and marked the start of Ben Solo’s descent to the dark side. The explanation comes from Han Solo:

“One boy, an apprentice, turned against him and destroyed it all. Luke felt responsible. He just…walked away from everything.”

That boy, of course, was Ben - Han’s own son and Luke’s star pupil, who Mark Hamill has spoken of in the following terms:

“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character. And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that.”

This builds up an evocative picture of Ben Solo’s fall that is returned to in the trailer for The Last Jedi, which actually gives the event a different slant. With trailer-appropriate portentousness, we hear Luke speak fearfully of a terrible power that he failed to take seriously enough before. This dialogue is laid over shots of what we must assume is the destruction of Luke’s temple, including this one:

Here, we see Luke clawing his way free from beneath a pile of flaming timbre. This image alone is extremely striking, and raises an interesting possibility for what might have happened at the temple. It has previously been assumed (at least by me) that Luke was absent when Ben enacted his betrayal and killed his fellow Jedi in training, but this shot represents a strike against that interpretation - instead, it suggests something sudden and explosive that took Luke by surprise and unfolded before he could prevent it. 

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“One of the new relationships that we were focusing on was between Kylo Ren and Rey.”

“And we’re back in the forest with the story we really care about, the focus of the story which is Rey and Ren.”

“The Last Jedi continues the epic story of Rey and Kylo Ren.”

“Rey and Kylo are almost two halves of our protagonist

“The fascinating thing about Kylo and Rey is that they’re two sides of something

two halves of the dark and the light.” 

“You’re probably going to have a castle, and aprince and a princess, if you’re looking at a fairy tale.”

“But in this scene she is drawn to this place, almost like Cinderella.”

“But when his mask comes off, you see Adam Driver, and he just looks like a sort of prince.” 

“She had seen this man before, in a daydream. In a nightmare.”

“She’d been haunted by a dream. Or a nightmare.”

“They’ve never met but he’s heard of this girl.”

What girl?!”

The girl I’ve heard so much about.”

“And so, now comes a moment when their meeting is inevitable.”

“Ren is looking right. She’s running left. So the two trains are going to colide.”

“And now, these two disparate pieces come together.”

“And this moment where she is about to, for the first time, be confronted by Kylo Ren, a character who she’s going to have a very interesting relationship with moving forward. “

She found herself inexorably drawn to—to… ‘You,’

“THEY’RE BOTH SURPRISED: they react to a feeling that passes
between them – AN ENERGY THEY RECOGNIZE IN EACH OTHER

The girl… Rey. I know her. I sense her. She’s mine.”

“Not for the first time, he seemed to know more about her than she did about herself.”

“When I found you, I saw raw untamed power.”

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before.”

“But because he’s taken her, you get a sense that there might be something else going on here.”

Something.” He sounded mystified. “There is something…Who are you?”

“And beyond that something truly special.”

Something inside me has always been there

“Close your eyes. Feel it. The Light. It has always been there. It will guide you “

“Forgive me. I feel it again. The pull to the light

“Come, Kylo Ren, and feel the light of Rey.”

Don’t be afraid. I feel it too.”

“You’re afraid. That you will never be as strong as—Darth Vader!”

“You’re so lonely. So afraid to leave. At night, desperate to sleep, you imagine na ocean.”

“Be not afraid, I feel the strange connection ‘twixt us, too.”

“Landing on Takodana, Kylo confronted the young woman who’d escaped from Jakku with BB-8 – and found himself puzzled by a strange connection he felt with her.”

“A mysterious connection seemed to link the two”

“with whom she shared a strange connection

“There’s been an awakening, have you felt it?”  “Yes”

“but now it’s awake and I need help.”

You need a teacher!”

I need someone to show me my place in all this.”

I can show you the ways of the force!”

“Whomever you’re waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back

Let the past die, kill it if you have to. It’s the only way to become what you’re meant to be.”

But… there’s someone who still could. With your help”

I’ll come back, sweetheart. I promise.”

The belong you seek is not behind you. It is ahead.”

“You have compassion for her.”

He sensed his destiny and Rey’s were somehow intertwined, but how?”

It is you

It’s Ben!”

She is where she needs to be

“I see the island.”

“It’s just us now”

“And together we can rule the galaxy”

99 thought provoking questions

I made decision to make my own post each day, so for today it is 99 thought provoking question.

You can use them for your bullet journal, for your followers to ask you or just to help you with discovering yourself. I think it’s important to try answer it, because not that you will just learn about yourself but you will get new ideas and things to think about.

I really enjoy them, so I wanted to share with you.

*Some of them are from internet, some straight out of my head.*

  1. If you could make a 30 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?
  2. If you were going to die at midnight, what would you be doing at 11:45pm?
  3. If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do?
  4. What do you regret most so far in life?
  5. How can you apply the lesson you learned from that regret to your life TODAY?
  6. If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you want to run into? Does that person know how much they mean to you?
  7. Do you fear death? If so, do you have a good reason?
  8. When will you be good enough for you? Is there some breaking point where you will accept everything about yourself?
  9. Is the country you live in really the best fit for you?
  10. What would people say about you at your funeral?
  11. What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness?
  12. At what age is a person an adult? Why do you think so?
  13. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  14. If your entire life was a movie, what title would best fit?
  15. If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask?
  16. If you could start over, what would you do differently?
  17. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  18. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of? What’s stopping you?
  19. Do you ask enough questions, or are you happily settling for what you know already?
  20. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you have done?
  21. When was the last time you tried something new?
  22. What were you doing when you last lost track of the time?
  23. If you had to teach someone one thing, what would you teach
  24. What can you do today that you couldn’t do a year ago? What will you be able to do at this time next year?
  25. What do you really love to do? Do you do it often? If you answer no, why not?
  26. What is the last thing that you’ve done that’s really worth remembering?
  27. What gets you excited and driven to achieve?
  28. If karma was coming back to you, would it help or hurt you?
  29. If you could ask for one wish, what would it be?
  30. What do you “owe” yourself?
  31. When you think of your home, what immediately comes to mind?
  32. How do you spend the majority of your free time? Why?
  33. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  34. What have you done to pursue your dreams lately? How about today?
  35. What terrifies you the most?
  36. What are you looking forward to?
  37. Describe the greatest adventure of your life
  38. Where would you like to live? Why haven’t you moved?
  39. What have you done that you’re most proud to have achieved?
  40. If you dropped everything to pursue your dreams, what would you be risking?
  41. What is your greatest strength?
  42. What is your greatest weakness?
  43. What did your life teach you yesterday?
  44. What have you done today to make someone’s life better?
  45. Whose life have you had the greatest impact on?
  46. What makes you special?
  47. How many people do you truly love? What are you doing for them?
  48. What bad habits do you want to break?
  49. When did you not speak up, when you know you really should have?
  50. Describe the next five years of your life, and your plans, in a single sentence
  51. If you spend a day watching movies when you should be working a day wasted or well spent?
  52. Would your life be better or worse, if you knew the time and place where you would die?
  53. What is honor, and does it even matter anymore?
  54. Would you accept the job if you got it with connection?
  55. What would happen if you never wasted another minute of your life, what would that look like?
  56. Do you consider yourself open minded?
  57. What have you given up on?
  58. Are you brainwashed by media?
  59. Think again, are you brainwashed by media?
  60. Are you?
  61. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  62. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  63. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  64. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  65. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
  66. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  67. Why are you, you?
  68. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  69. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
  70. What are you most grateful for?
  71. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  72. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  73. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  74. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
  75. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
  76. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  77. If not now, then when?
  78. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  79. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  80. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  81. What are your 2am thoughts?
  82. It’s not about who you miss at 2am when you’re lonely, it’s about who you miss at 2pm when you’re busy. Who is it?
  83. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
  84. What would make you end relationship?
  85. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
  86. 4. What’s the wisest thing you have ever heard, not read,  someone say?
  87. Have you had situation that is just like from movies?
  88. Do you say ‘yes’ too often when you really want to say ‘no’? Why?
  89.  What do I need to change about myself?
  90. Is it more important to love or be loved?
  91. How many of my friends would I trust with my life?
  92. Do you really listen when people talk to you?
  93. What are your most common negative thoughts? Are they logical?
  94. Based on your current day-to-day life, what do you expect to achieve in 5 years from now?
  95. Do the people in your life bring the best out of you?
  96. How often do you make excuses?
  97. How often do you break your promises?
  98. How would you want people to describe you in three words?
  99. Will you raise your children the way you were raised?
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when I found you I saw raw untamed power, and beyond that, something truly special.

i’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now

I was very fortunate to get into the party early enough to catch Dominique with a relatively small crowd around her and we spoke somewhat at length.

As I blogged before, I mentioned the deer head necklace, and she told me they shared that and that both Nicole and Waverly have matching rings from when they began dating. She gave me kudos for catching the necklace bit, but I forgot to ask if that and the rings was her and Kat’s idea or Emily Andras’.

But the most important thing is I thanked her for her representation of the LGBT community. I told her how much it meant to have a healthy, realistic relationship between the two of them and that she does such a wonderful job making it authentic and feel real. Without missing a beat, she thanked ME for my support, and the entire community for embracing her and Kat and the pairing. She was so grateful and genuine and I was taken aback. I’ve thanked actors before for their roles as LGBTQ characters, but never gotten such an emotional thank you in return.

This cast is truly something special and I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Wynonna Earp and Wayhaught fandoms.

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I passionately believe that when you have a hero who perceives their every action is justified - even when it’s seen by an outsider as villainy, that you truly have something special. 

Roman Reigns has mastered the art of babyface and heel tactics. Blending them together so well that you genuinely question is he the protagonist, or the antagonist? We will never know, and that’s why he’s the most interesting character to date. Nothing is black and white.