This is a beautiful octopus changing colours, shapes and texture of its skin.
But... Did you know that octopuses are colour blind?
How does an animal that perfectly matches its vivid surroundings NOT see colour?
A lot of researchers are trying to solve this mystery and for the scientists were able to prove that octopus skin is sensitive to light with no brain function.
Basically they see instantly with their skin!
Not only octopus can see with their skin, but also their pupils might be able to see colour while their eyes are colour blind.
Mind blowing, isn't it?
Octopus is the only species with super high intelligence (by human standards) known to us that does not engage in any social activities. Primates and dolphins and dogs and so many others like to form social bonds, but octopus is solitary animal. Even in mating rituals a social distance is kept and often the female will snack on her lover afterwards.
Imagine, your whole body is brain, you can taste the world and see through eyes and skin. Everything is a vivid muted underwater dream.
What internal life does an octopus lead?
I imagine them being true poets, connoisseurs of internal landscapes contemplating the beauty and the absurdity of life.
"Book of Disquiet" by Fernando Pessoa could have been written by an octopus, quietly observing marine life in a safe shelter of its den.
Most of my teenage years I used to be super shy with no self confidence at all. I remember having a mindset: “I will not start a conversation myself and only start speaking when someone asks me something or starts talking with me”
I had a terrible fixed mindset and thought I will always be like this.
Looking back at what helped me to crawl out of this hole, there were many things, but what layed the foundation was books on self development.
I still remember so vividly how I went to the library and borrowed my first book which was called “Self-confidence”.
After finishing that one book, I gained a whole new perspective and realized “wow, I can actually learn how to be better at social situations”.
Ever since reading that first book, I have been an avid reader, always trying to improve myself on every aspect of life, whether it is social, mental, financial, physical - you name it. There is just so much wisdom in books that can improve your life.
So my idea for you - if you have a teenage relative, friend, siblings etc. Gift them a book on personal development - my recommendation: D. Carnegie - “How to win friends and influence people”.
Best case scenario is that you may change their life forever, worst case scenario is that they won’t read it :)