‘Kintsugi’ is an ancient Japanese practice that beautifies broken pottery. In this art, a pot is shattered at first and then carefully reassembled with a resin mixed with gold. The art symbolizes how we must incorporate our wounds into who we are, rather than try to merely repair and forget them.
A break is something to remember, something of value, a way to make the piece more beautiful and meaningful, rather than something to disguise. They use gold, not invisible superglue because mistakes aren’t something you should conceal, it shouldn’t be considered ugly. Broken pieces and their repair merely contribute to the story of an object, they don’t ruin it.
Kintsugi is based on the belief that something broken is more precious and more beautiful in the sense that it has imperfections, a history attached to it which makes it real and valuable. It turns a problem into a plus.
We often think that when we are broken, we are damaged. Our scars are the proof of what has been destroyed. But in its truest sense, scars are the proofs of what has been healed, created. Our scars remind us of the battles that we have won. Battles that altered us, shaped us, and made us stronger than ever.
In the passage of life, it is important to get broken at times and then mend yourself for the greater good. If there isn’t any crack or opening, how would we let new perspectives enter us?
That’s why famous author Ernest Hemingway has reportedly said, “We all are broken inside, that’s how the light gets in.” So next time when you are broken and you feel like this is the end of your life, give yourself a soft reminder that this is just the beginning of something new.
Written by: Kaniz Fatema