live to the point of tears

Live to the point of tears.

Camus, Author, Journalist, Existentialist Philosopher

This was hand sketched in pencil by Jay Valentine and it perplexed us a bit when we saw it the first time, yet it also reminded us again to continue to create and appreciate life’s precious treats and pleasures: literature, art, food, fitness, friends and family.

“Live to the point of tears”, for us is living this colourful panorama of life ‘fully’, from end to end. Different realms of emotions and situations do move us humans to burst into tears: pain, frustration, suffering, sadness, loss, illness, misfortune; and so as joy, elation, happiness, gratefulness, love, victory, et cetera. Hence, in whatever situation that we are experiencing, we must usher to establish the balance (both internal and external elements) in this life that we create and live.

It opened up not just our eyes, but also our mind and heart to what the meaning of life really is to us–to live it fully; to be good and do good to ourselves, to others, and to the surroundings.

And while we strive in fortitude to embrace, absorb, process, and learn the Universe’s natural design (sometimes bittersweetly), here’s hoping that one day, when we do trace on our life backwards, we can aspire to only see one that was well lived.

Thanks Jay Valentine for sharing this with us before your submission. We can’t wait for the digitised version.

POST UPDATE: The black and white version of this typography was considered in the Typism Book 2. Jay Valentine had two other works published in Typism Book 1. Here’s the coloured version below and more of his amazing works here:


Maestro Novelista

“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”

This, to us, is one of the most powerful lines written about love. A remark said by Don Pius to his son Florentino Ariza in Gabriel Garci­a Marquez’ novel, Love in the Time of Cholera.”

Embed from Getty Images

Gabriel Garci­a Marquez (March 61927 – April 172014)

Colombian journalist, novelist, activist and a Nobel Literature Laureate (1982).

Alice Munro: On making sacrifices

It’s certainly true that when I was young, writing seemed to me so important that I would have sacrificed almost anything to it … Because I thought of the world in which I wrote — the world I created — as somehow much more enormously alive than the world I was actually living in. As you get older your rampaging need to write diminishes a bit. You have to face the amazing fact that you’re probably going to die, at some time, anyway. So everything you do in your life then seems more relative because it’s just part of your life.

Alice Munro is the 110th Nobel Laureate for Literature since 1901.  [Via The Atlantic]