The Misfit Generation

In our society today, I feel there is an astronomically skewed version of what it means to be successful. The largely popularized misconception of success revolves around the fact that the only way of “making it” in life is through a high paying technically based profession. This misconstrued point of view causes people like us to place less emphasis on pursuing or developing our artistic talents. It’s so easy to get swayed from decisions that seem illogical to most, especially when our culture doesn’t approve of choices that go against the grain.

 

Being a youth, if my experience has taught me anything for the past 20 years, it’s that doing something you love can give you a greater sense of fulfilment. What I’m really saying is that if you have some sort of artistic talent, whether it be music, photography, theatre, painting, etc., you should pursue your passion regardless of what people say. This act of going against the grain in the eyes of society, makes you; makes us misfits, which led me to come up with a term that categorized this idea into three measly words – “The Misfit Generation”. To break this term down, we need to focus on the words, “Misfit” and “Generation”. The term “Misfit” is used to label a single person, while the word “Generation” refers to a certain culture or movement. When these words are combined, they form, “The Misfit Generation”, and it describes a culture of youth that are deciding to rebel against societal norms and pursue their artistic ambitions.

 

Contrary to popular belief, the connotations related to being a misfit, aren’t always favourable; but on a brighter note, this word is more euphemistic than it seems. To be a misfit means breaking the mainstream; it means being able to express your voice in an original way. Knowing this, I believe the label of ” The Misfit Generation ” is the best way to categorize youth who not only pursue the arts, but use it as a way to cathartically express themselves regardless of what form of art. Most especially, nowadays I believe it’s a great time to develop an artistic passion, because now more than ever we are able to show case ourselves and convey feelings in a way that is relatable to our audience. I love one of the many well-versed poems by Jack Kerouac that says, 

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles…” 

— Jack Kerouac

I feel the “mad ones” in the context of the “misfit”, refers to those who pursue a life filled with idiosyncrasies; those who are unafraid of pursuing and exercising their artistic passions as a means of self-expression to bring disarray to societal norms. These are youth and millennials who are not ready to settle for a commonplace thing, but rather have the power to shake society with a rejuvenating elixir. So, be a mad one! Go and continue being a MISFIT!