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My Life as Kintsugi: Accepting Imperfections and Finding Beauty in the Brokenness


Why be broken when you can be gold?” – Sarah Rees Brennan

Life, you know, it’s this wild journey filled with twists, turns, and unexpected bumps along the way. But lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this ancient Japanese art called Kintsugi. It’s this beautiful practice of fixing broken pottery with gold, turning imperfections into something stunning. And you know what? I can’t help but see parallels between Kintsugi and my own life.

Fixing Broken Pieces

Life has this funny way of breaking us sometimes, doesn’t it? It’s like being a cracked pot, with all these pieces scattered around. But here’s the thing—I’m starting to see those cracks as opportunities. Instead of trying to hide them or pretend they’re not there, I’m learning to embrace them. Just like in Kintsugi, where the cracks are filled with gold, I’m finding ways to turn my mistakes and struggles into something beautiful.


Making Imperfections Shine

Have you ever noticed how Kintsugi doesn’t try to cover up the cracks? Instead, it highlights them, making them a central part of the design. It’s like saying, “Hey, these imperfections are what make this piece unique and special.” And you know what? I’m starting to see my own imperfections in the same way. They’re not something to be ashamed of; they’re just part of who I am. And just like the gold in Kintsugi, they can make me shine in my own way.

Getting Stronger Through Challenges

Life throws all sorts of challenges our way—some big, some small. But each one is like another crack in the pottery of our lives. It’s easy to feel broken and defeated, but here’s the thing: every time we face a challenge head-on and come out the other side, it’s like putting ourselves back together with a golden thread. It’s a reminder that we’re stronger than we think, and that the challenges we face are just part of the journey.

Seeing the Beauty in Healing

One of the most beautiful things about Kintsugi is how the broken pottery becomes even more beautiful after being fixed. It’s like saying, “Hey, I’ve been through some tough stuff, but look at me now—I’m stronger and more beautiful than ever.” And you know what? I’m starting to see that healing from tough times can be a bit like that. Instead of feeling damaged or broken, I’m seeing how the healing process can make me even more awesome.

The Japanese art - Kintsugi

A Story of Strength

I like to think of my life as this ongoing story, with all its ups and downs. And just like in Kintsugi, where the cracks are woven together with a golden thread, I’m starting to see how all the pieces of my life fit together. Each challenge, and each struggle, they’re all part of my story, and they’ve helped shape me into the person I am today. It’s a story of strength, resilience, and the beauty that can be found in the brokenness.

So yeah, life’s a bit like my own Kintsugi masterpiece—embracing imperfections, turning challenges into something beautiful, and discovering the gold within myself. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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