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WHAT EMOTION DO YOU BELIEVE IS UNDERRATED?
I believe that we, out of pride, and simply because we are human, tend to underrate sad emotions, specifically the ones that show fragility.
We all do it a bit. I don’t like to reveal any kind of vulnerability, and I even try to send out an unreal image of perfection, as if it were possible for someone to be unbreakable.
But being fragile is not a sign of weakness, it is human.
Everything that is fragile breaks, like the most exquisite crystal glass. But there is something precious, unique, and beautiful in the fragility of crystal, something almost hypnotic in the possibility of it breaking. This fragility becomes more obvious when the glass is shattered into a thousand little pieces on the ground – but only when it breaks can it reflect the sunlight in random and diffuse rays, which light up a room in a unique way.
And then, the so feared fragility becomes art.
Our society should stop looking for unbreakable people, because there is no such thing, and start looking instead for the authenticity and humanism of those who embrace their own weaknesses and face all kind of emotions life has to give.
One of the most magnificent characteristics of the human being is the ability to recognize its own frailty, accepting it as part of his life story. Learning to use it and transform it into art, like a broken crystal glass.
Because true art, that which strikes our soul and changes our lives, comes from the things that break us.
It’s enough to remember that painting which never left our memory, that book that inspired us, that song that completes us because it says it all.
Art is a sensitive language that exists for the soul to express itself in its full plenitude.
It exists because words are not enough.
I believe there is Art always and when artists, the true creators of masterpieces, can translate into pieces that spirituality, those emotions, that fragility and vulnerability characteristic of the human being. So, it’s in fragility that beauty lies – the one which everyone wants to see, but few can demonstrate. It’s those emotions that make us feel weak that motivate us to create, to go further.
We should stop feeling embarrassed to demonstrate and feel whatever makes us feel diminished because it only shows we’re human.
We should stop feeling embarrassed of being vulnerable and accept we can break.
Sometimes I don’t even know how I feel. Or if I even feel anything at all. There are days in which I feel like everything is augmented and lit with bright colors. There are days when it seems as if everything I feel is sad, that I’m weak and don’t have control over my life. In those days, I leave home searching for something that can add meaning to my darkness, that can make me understand.
Once again, the answer is in fragility, this two-edged sword which, on the one hand, can light up the world and originate art, but on the other hand hurts the pride and doesn’t correspond to what society seems to expect. It alerts me and tells me I’m not infallible.
Then, I go in search of learning how to turn my fragility into art.
I turn the radio up on my car so I don’t hear the world outside and sink my mind into the sounds, the sung words, mirroring someone else’s feelings. I go to jazz concerts by the river with a glass of cheap wine on my hand and my heart synchronized to the drums, feeling the pain in the guitar solos and the vulnerability in the piano keys.
In those moments I’m sure that I feel. I feel my vulnerability, the absence of something that completes me, and the questions and restlessness grow. I feel that I fall and grow back up in spiral with the succession of unlikely chords.
And I feel Art on the tips of my fingers, but I don’t know how to let it out.
I embrace who I am and feel like my fragility makes sense.