I finally learned that within me there lay…
…an invincible summer!” -Albert Camus
I have been fascinated with the Albert Camus quote that this year’s 5th Annual Square One Creative Event revolved around since I first read it in High School. An invincible summer in the winter… that statement transcends to so many more meanings and interpretations.
With speculation that the world will come to an end when the Mayan Calendar concludes on December 21st of this year, I felt that an event exploring the theme of summer (light, life and hope) always prevailing amid a dark, lifeless and bleak landscape was needed. I liked the idea and contrast of having an event called Invincible Summer taking place in the fall. I loved the optimistic message of energy and light never dying.
Invincible Summer had much more personal meaning than any other event that I’ve ever been associated with. Whether living in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago… whether married, single or divorced… whether black, white, Asian or a Russian Jew… whether I see them once a year, twice a week or every other year… this event represented the invincible lifelong friendships and bonds that I am blessed to have with the numerous individuals in my life. They all flew in and/or drove in from various parts of the city, state and country for this event. We’ve all endured the up and down nature that paints the canvas of any great friendship. And in the end, unconditional love is our friendship’s invincible summer.
“If there’s one thing I love about the Square One events, it’s that they bring all of us back together. So many memories, history… You can’t match that feeling.” -my friend Billy Jolie (in Tampa)
“They say that you can tell a true friend if you can go months without seeing them and pick right up from where you left off. That is exactly what happens every time I reunite with the plethora of people I saw this weekend in Tampa.” -my friend Jason (in NYC)
“Your theme this year for Square One has really touched my heart. I feel like deep within us there is an “invincible summer”… despite all the hardships and negativity in our daily lives, there will always be this ray of hope and inspiration that is deep inside.” -my friend Lorena (& future Californian resident)
Photos by Kevin & Lisa Tighe and Radko Keleman
For more information about Invincible Summer, the event that took place on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor in Tampa, please click here.
“Diamonds” performed by songwriter Sia