”It takes a wabi heart, to recognize sabi Beauty
Wabi-sabi is a concept that urges us to constantly search for the beauty in imperfection and accept the more natural cycle of life. It reminds us that all things including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. Perfection, then, is impossible and impermanence is the only way.
Typically, my Saturday afternoon would be spent nursing my hangover in preparation for the next night life adventure. Well, with my journey to sobriety ( I am not an alcoholic 😆) I decided to spend my Saturday afternoon painting. Yes, literally painting.
A friend of mine started a jewelry business where she makes jewelry out of clay. They are the most beautiful pieces I’ve seen in a while. Trust me, I am not up selling her.
My first like four paintings, well they weren’t perfect and neither were the rest that I did. But here’s the thing I learnt, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Not life, not my painting, not myself, imperfection is okay. This is a lesson I struggle with, a lot.
I have always strived to be perfect at what I do. That is both a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that I’ll definitely give it my 100% and the bad thing is I’ll always beat myself up cause it will never be perfect. Hence my very many unfinished projects.
I’d tell you stories of how my lack of wabi heart contributed to my low self esteem and depression, stories of traumas that led to my need of being perfect, stories of how not recognizing sabi beauty has costed me. But those are stories for another day.