“My dear, in the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. Throughout it all. 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.” – Albert Camus
These days, we’re taking these words to heart. After a week that weighed heavy, we find ourselves squaring our shoulders, taking a deep breath, and pushing through the chaos with a strength we didn’t know existed. Maybe it’s the lingering afterglow of the Women’s March, maybe it’s the impassioned and half-coherent voicemails left for our Representatives, maybe it’s all the rigorous and radical self care.
I have accepted that fighting the good fight means vigilantly pushing back against the powers that be. I have accepted that we’re in it for the long haul. We won’t let a lingering cold spell or a hate-mongering Twitter addict keep us from dreaming of a better, warmer, brighter future. It’s been a long and exhausting winter, but maybe it has helped reveal the invincible summer within all of us: the eternal resiliency, the powerful compassion, the slow-burning strength when we need it most.
On a lighter note, these wanderlust-inducing locations are giving a whole new meaning to an invincible summer, and we’re itching to spend an afternoon drunk off sunshine and nature’s warm embrace. Self care comes in many forms (wine, face masks, books, mid-afternoon naps, Bob Ross on Netflix, hugging every dog you see, etc) but skinny dipping in the lush wilderness, far away from an Internet connection, has always been our favorite (and the most effective). The invigorating shock of cold water against bare, sun-warmed skin, the sweet taste of fresh air, the indulgent stillness of floating above the rest of the world for a little while. Find freedom wherever you can these days, and when you do, immerse yourself in it, fully and unapologetically.