|Close up of “Eternal Spring” – Auguste Rodin
Musee Rodin. Paris, France
Here in Lebanon, the majority of the population are trilinguals with knowledge in Arabic, English and French (or Armenian, Spanish, Italian, etc). Those that are in the French education system are known as “Frenchies.” Despite the fact that I would love to know a third language and French would be convenient and fancy, I am not a Frenchie.
With this introduction, I now feel comfortable copying a quote here in French without feeling like a pseudo-intellectual fraud and I apologize in advance for yet another Tony Robbins moment.
“Au milieu de l’hiver, j’ai découvert en moi un invincible été.” – Albert Camus
Translation: “In the depths of winter, I discovered there was in me an invincible summer.”
To me, it means that even in your lowest moment, when shit has hit the fan, when there’s no hot water, when you have to eat spinach for the 3rd day in a row, when you’re still unemployed, when someone close to you has passed away…there is still an undying spirit within you that will help you persevere. There is an underestimated amount of summer that will push you through every winter that you’re forced to trudge through, you just don’t know it yet.