Here I recaptured the former beauty, a young sky, and I measured my luck, realizing at last that in the worst years of our madness the memory of that sky had never left me. This was what in the end had kept me from despairing. I had always known that the ruins of Tipasa were younger than our new constructions or our bomb damage. There the world began over again every day in an ever new light. O light! This is the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus in Return to Tipasa, translated by Justin O'Brien
Nicole Georges’ Invincible Summer comics chronicle days in the life of a cool, queer lady living in Portland with her dogs in the early aughts, making art and zines and figuring out life. This unique snapshot of a time and place and age just gets better as time goes by.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it say that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger - something better pushing right back.
I imagine I’m lying in a certain field. Certain flowers sway above my head.
I imagine this. In reality, I’m lying on the couch, like always these days. Real fields are too difficult to access - not only because I live in a new city, but because going anywhere further than my therapist a mile and a half away is difficult.these days.
But back to my imagination. I’m in my field, and everything is warm and bright, but not too hot or too bright. I am safe and calm, and I feel the earth beneath my skin, the blades of grass and dirt. I look up into the bright blue sky; it’s not too bright, it doesn’t dazzle my eyes.
I think about a lot of things, but mostly about this, about the reasons I’m sitting or lying in this same spot on this same couch every day. I think about the past ten months and all it’s brought, and all it’s taken. I think about how these things don’t happen for a reason, or a purpose. Sometimes there’s just a chain of events, and the ultimate results are things that hurt us, even if we did nothing wrong.
There wasn’t a greater purpose. But that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from it.
I think about the things I’ve learned, about the dogged resilience I’ve found that I never knew was part of me. I think about the perspective I’ve gained, about the new shapes gratitude now takes in my life. I think about the tenderness this has reawakened in me, long-slumbering after I bricked it over in an attempt at protection. I think about cycles - the cycles which are so at the heart of my work - and how, in some ways, I’m feeling part of a cycle. One I never would have chosen for myself. But I can respect its reality, its necessity. I think about the marvel of how the worst things I feel can be the signs of the most profound healing. I think about how bodies are strange and weird and wonderful and strong. I think about how I feel so weak, but even as I do, so much is happening within me to bring me back to a place of strength.
I think about gratitude, and cycles, and the moon, and druids, and about plants getting cut off almost to the ground but in time, in slow time, growing back just as beautiful as ever.
I imagine myself in my field, and I think about these things. And although I am beyond ready for better days, I find the patience I need to carry me through.
Hello ! Kiba/Sakura for the ask meme ? I blame "An Invincible Summer" by ShanaStoryteller for making me ship them ^^ Did you read it ? It's hilarious, plotty, funny, really good, and ALL THE SASUNARU FEELS.
ISN’T IT AMAZING?? Yes, def a fave!
ship: ew / nonono / maybe / ship it / aww / otp / MY HEART
hi my name’s Taylor, during the summer of 2018 my best friend, emily, and I are planning a country wide road trip. we have been planning this for over a year now and decided to start a go fund me today. the whole idea came from a time where we both were struggling to find happiness and to find our own purpose in life. since we met we have been trying to discover that and we finally have. we want to travel and spread our new found passion for life and existence. show other people what life is really about, and that there is more to living than you might think. we will be traveling to about 41 states in 3 months, meeting thousands of beautiful people across the country and spreading happiness, gratitude, compassion and lots of love. please support this mission by passing the message around and if you are able to, by donating as little as $1. endless gratitude to all and endless thanks to all the people who have supported us in finding ourselves.
Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict,….
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus ( photo : Sara Ghazi-Tabatabai ) #portrait #photo #photography #photographer #fashion #sara #saraghazitabatabai #summer #summertime #parcmonceau #paris #france #model #life #lifeisgood #photooftheday (à Parc Monceau, Paris)
“And in the midst of winter I found there was within me an invincible summer.”
This quote gives me such strength. I have told my co-workers that in the event that I go missing, to check my Tumblr and to know that it was 100% my boyfriend. His record speaks for itself and although he loves me more than anything his madness speaks as well. I pray that his doctor takes him seriously and she understands the gravity of the situation because my life hangs upon it. Of all the romance novels that I read and how the heroes were so intent upon the heroines, they never spoke of the cloying “protectiveness”. I am not allowed to go to the store by myself I forget what the mall is like. He comes by my work everyday to check on me. I am no longer free and this is slavery. To every brave woman who ever thought this would never happen to them ,I tell you it is possible. Be yourself. Love the way you know is right and you are enough. I screamed the other night to where it frightened to neighbors, the police came and they asked others if I was okay. They never once I checked on me. I am Kitty and these are my screams. Always stand up for those who cry for you for one day they may be gone. Be brave, for I am the world and I count upon you.
After a month of travels it’s nice to come home to a package like this! @rbgfranks wrote Invincible Summers and I can not wait to devour every word! Jackson’s super excited too! #jacksonstraveladventures #readingadventures ❤️❤️❤️😘🍷 (at Toronto, Ontario)