Sometimes we create problems out of simple circumstances. We allow for our minds to draw up exaggerated conclusions. We fear things that may or may not actually exist. Try not to be scared. Try not to worry. Try not to allow life’s dips and curves to stun your inner warrior.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus should not be remember simply as “Achilles’ bitch”.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus was a little shit. He had the power, the looks and the skills, and he knew it. Not only he excelled at battle; he did it while taunting his enemies all the fucking time cause he was going to win and he knew it.
Friendly reminder that he was the one guy who got to call out on Achilles, something no one else dared to do. In fact, men went to ask him to call out on Achilles because everyone was scared of him. Except for Patroclus.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus had advanced medical knowledge, something extremly rare at the time. He healed many of his friends and comrades during battle. Hadn’t it been for him, many great warriors would have died.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus was loyal to a fault. He was always by Achilles’ side in battle. He never disobeyed Achilles orders. The one time he did, was the time he died.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus was kind and had a soft heart. He cried because while Achilles’ Rage lasted, he wouldn’t let any of his men enter battle, Patroclus included. And while Achilles’ troops were hiding in their ships, the rest of the Greek army got crushed. Patroclus felt so powerless and helpless because he couldn’t do nothing as he saw his comrades dying.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus had a character crisis. He had to decide whether obeying his Lord’s commands and abandoning his friends in battle, or going against his Lord’s wishes and engaging fight.
Friendly reminder that he refused to stay behind like a coward. He chose to enter battle, but since he was a honourable man he told Achilles about it. Friendly reminder that he managed to sway Achilles’ Rage. Friendly reminder that he managed to convince Achilles to let their troops rejoin the war, thus returning the victory to the Greeks.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus was flawed. He committed hubris. He got so battle drunk and was so excited by the prospect of finally ending the war, that he disobeyed Achilles’ direct command not to fight near the walls of Troy, and chased the Troyans back to the limits of the city. To the place Achilles had specifically told him not to go because it would be too dangerous. Friendly reminder that this one flaw is his downfall.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus doesn’t go down without giving one hell of a fight. Friendly reminder that Patroclus was so strong that Apollo (the God that protected Troy and Hector [Troy’s heir to the throne]) had to face him and repel him four times.Four times. A god. If that ain’t badass, then I don’t know what could be. In the fourth time, Apollo got inside Patroclus’ head and made him dizzy. Patroclus fell and Apollo removed him from his armour- Achilles’ armour. Patroclus ended up unprotected, vulnerable and dizzy in the middle of the battle field; so a random dude saw the opportunity and stabbed his back with a spear. But was that enough to make him go down? Oh heck no. The pain snapped him out of the dizziness. Patroclus realized he was in a very troublesome situation so he decided to fall back… but at that moment Hector engaged him in battle. And Patroclus wouldn’t retire from a direct combat, oh heck he wouldn’t. Even though he knew this was probably the way he would die, he fought with his all.
Friendly reminder that lacking his armor, tired from battle, with a spear wound on his back and only Achilles’ sword left as weapon, Patroclus faced Hector, Troy’s greatest warrior and didn’t fear.
Friendly reminder that when Hector sheathed his spear in Patroclos’ stomach, Patroclus thought about the love of his life.
Friendly reminder that with his last breath Patroclus smiled at Hector and told him “You are a dead man. This will be your downfall”. Friendly reminder that until his last moment, he was a little shit.
Friendly reminder that Patroclus is a flawed, well-rounded, badass character and that he deserves so much more than his current position as “Achilles’s love interest”.
Four years ago I decided the depression was too much and I tried to kill myself. Four years later I am on my way to recovery.
Four years ago I was diagnosed with a learning disability. I thought I wouldn’t be able to graduate or make it through school. Four years later I am about to graduate high school.
Four years ago I was officially diagnosed with trichotillomania. A year ago I had another major slip. But today I am learning how to cope with it.
A year ago I slept with my abuser and thought I would never be able to forgive myself or love again. Now I feel better, have forgiven myself, and found love in the most unexpected places.
Today depression and anxiety still have a hold of me but I know that I am strong enough and have a great support system to walk with me through this. I have gotten the help I needed and I hope you will find the courage to ask for help.
Can we please talk about Sarah crying and playing with Helena’s hair(s) as she reads? My sestrahood-loving heart pooped its pants. I can’t even look at this scene, it’s such a powerful (and gorgeous!) moment. So much is communicated and played solely on Tatiana’s face. An entire year’s worth of stories told merely by the eyes of Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena. I wish we could have had more poignant, unhurried, and subtle scenes like this over the years but I’m grateful we were given one as superb as this in the end. This tribe of brilliant, intrepid warriors deserved it…a moment to just..breathe.
I still can’t believe it’s over.
I’m fiiiiiiiiiiiine [she lied].
I am awake
My mind is free
I am creative
I love myself
My willpower is strong
I am brave
I practice patience
I don’t judge folks
I give, not to receive
I don’t expect
I listen more than I talk
I know I’ll change
I know you’ll change
I’ll hold on one more day
I start over when necessary
I create my own situations
I am cosmic
I don’t have the answers
I desire to learn
I am the plan
I am strong
I am weak
I want to grow
I know I will
I take on responsibility
I hide myself from no one
I’m on my path
Warriors walk alone
I won’t let my focus change
Taking out the demons in my range
That’s mama’s gun
Erykah Badu - “The Warrior’s Reminder”, from the insert of the Mama’s Gun vinyl reissue.
Reminder: On days you feel like you can’t keep going, remember you carry the resilience of your ancestors today and every day before and after today. You are made of resilience. You are made from the bones of warriors. Remember.