The Invincible Summer

“In the midst of winter, I discovered in me an invincible summer.”

                                                                             – Albert Camus

A french speaking friend of mine recently passed this quotation on to me, knowing that it so brilliantly captures the essence of this time in my life; my invincible summer. It was written decades before I was born by French-Algerian philosopher and author, Albert Camus. It’s one of those phrases that will mean something different to almost everyone who reads it.

Whether it be through age and decline, or illness, or hardships in life; we all find ourselves eventually in the midst of winter. To me, these beautiful words reflect on the reservoir of courage inside us all that makes us stand and face the challenges of life, and rise superior to them. They speak to me of hope and conviction; and maybe even turning back the clock.

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If I’ve learned anything from the episodes of illness, injury, and loss of the last 20 years or so, it’s that there is always hope and it is never too late. We can recover from things that seem unrecoverable. We can learn new things when we thought our learning days were long past. And we can chase the dreams that still haunt us from the summers of our youth.

It requires only one simple step: moving from thought to action. When your “winter” arrives, the choice will be yours. Will you shrink from the challenge, huddle in the cold and accept your fate; or will you find the “invincible summer” that lies within. I made the choice years ago to not accept any fate except that which I make for myself.

Men and women who live with passion and conviction, are frequently forged in the furnace of adversity. We are those who have discovered in ourselves, the “invincible summer.”

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Many thanks to my friend, David, for sharing ageless wisdom!

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