Reading this you must be a little bit confused; after all, impressionism is a style of painting. What does that have to do with the youth today? Well, let’s go back first to the definition of impressionism. From the almighty web dictionary, Merriam-Webster, it is stated that impressionism is "a style of painting that began in France around 1870". It uses spots of color to show the effects of different kinds of light, and that attempts to capture the feeling of a scene rather than specific details. Now, doesn’t that kind of sound familiar?
Comparing impressionism to the youth isn’t really as complex as it may seem to be. Notice how impressionism is focused on the emotions evoked rather than the details. We love focusing on how certain events make us feel rather than what it’s all really about. We like it when books, TV shows, films, etc. can get an emotion out of us - it doesn’t matter whether it’s a good feeling or a bad one. As teenagers, most of us are seeking to belong, to feel loved, to feel, basically. Is that wrong though? Well, it depends.
Since we’re so fixated on the emotions we feel, sometimes, we tend to miss the deeper meanings of certain things and we tend to miss the substance and the real picture of what’s happening. That can be a big problem because we base our actions on volatile feelings. It’s always act before you think. The passion is so consuming that you tend to do really questionable things and most of the time these are the things you may most likely regret acting upon.
On another note, as we grow older, that blazing and bright fire tends to start dying in us. We’re more realistic, more grounded. Unfortunately, most of the time that fire can die out completely and we’re left with ashes. We just accept that life is the way it is and we no longer feel like we need to do anything. We all start becoming so cynical and thinking the world is no longer capable of being saved. That, I think, is more dangerous than being led by feelings and emotions. Doing nothing, feeling nothing, and being nothing is way more meaningless than being passionate.
It is truly an immense act to balance. That passion with so much fire and those emotions are so beautiful, but they must also be controlled to some degree. They should not be harmful but they should not run dry as well. The goal is to become the balance between the two: the person with the practicality of an adult but a heart filled with the passion of a youth. Someone who’s realistic but not cynical and subordinate is who the world needs. A dreamer, but one that doesn’t live solely in the clouds. If you can spit fire but can control how much it can affect, then I think you’re pretty much set for life.
- Danielle Bernabe
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