ive been waiting to post this picture of me with one of vincent van goghs real paintings because ive been trying to put into words the impact that van gogh has had on my life. I remember being four years old and seeing starry night for the first time. it was the first piece of art that I instantly connected with. it was unlike anything i had ever seen before. so visually interesting, and so full of emotion. i later learned about van gogh and the sadness that debilitated him for most of his life and as a person who feels every emotion with an almost violent implication, i connected with van gogh yet again. now, i look at his paintings and see the tragedy of a man who cared too much in a world that cared too little. his story and art has shaped me in ways that i cant even begin to imagine. let his legacy do for you what it has done for me and care recklessly, revel in your individuality, and turn your heartache into creation.