Never would have I imagined myself drowning in a pool of emotions after reading this book – The Letters of Vincent van Gogh. I felt pain, sadness, rejection, hope, courage, love, and other unexplainable feelings all at the same time, that will forever be left submerged in my heart.
Boring as it may sound, but I am the type who adores reading journals and biographies of people. To name a few, General Luna, Hitler, Marie Antoinette and Monet are on the top of my list, but Vincent van Gogh—Vincent, stands out the most. Reading the life he lived moved me in a way where I couldn’t help myself but to just let my fingers kissed the keyboard to satisfy this urge to share what life lessons I have learned from him.
Here are my takeaways:
- GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
In Vincent’s case, he had his brother, Theo. It is vital, especially in this cruel world, to have a special someone who will fully understand you no matter how bad the situation goes. The one who will stick with you. The one who can brusquely tell in front of your face your mistakes and the possible solutions to fix those. The one you can trust. This person can simply be your family, best friend, partner, or anyone who truly cares for you.
- EMBRACE SOLITUDE
Remember that “aloneness” is different from “loneliness”. You can be alone but happy doing what you love, and you can also be in a middle of a crowd but crying deep inside. Those are two different things. It may seem contradictory to my first point but learn how to enjoy and appreciate solitude. Always have a “me time” where you can hone yourself, even if that means you going to the cinema alone watching your most awaited movie or reading inside your bedroom while listening to your favourite playlist. As long as it satisfies you and helps you grow and bloom, go.
- DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK HELP
In the society that we are living in, where people are always being judged based on the numbers of likes and followers on social media, the branded items you own, or the accomplishments you have achieved—anything could go haywire. It could lead to stress and depression which could affect you physical or even mental health. That is why, btw, point no 1 is very important and if in case, it failed, be brave to seek help. There is nothing wrong in that. After all, what matters most is your well-being.
- LOVE WHAT YOU DO
Vincent once said to his letter “Love is the best and noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it has been tested by life as gold is tested by fire”. Whether it is family, work, business, and church or even self-related, no matter how grey your life is turning out to be, just continue doing what you love for it will bring great results in no time. Be passionate about it. Do not lose hope.
- SUPPORT EACH OTHER
If you have a family member starting their vlog / blog, support by subscribing. If you have a friend who has a business, support by buying or by sharing the details to someone you know. If you have a relative who wants to pursue a healthy lifestyle, support by being their gym or jogging buddy. You see, if we just know the importance of supporting each other, it will surely make a big difference. After all, who wants to support someone who is lying down on a cold stainless metal bed? No one, I am sure.