Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that teaches us to embrace the imperfections, drawing us to the beauty of things coarse and unrefined. Slowly filling us with fascination over the odd and misshapen that are conventionally thought to be “ugly” or “not in good taste”. Providing us with a chance to learn to accept the natural cycle of growth and decay. Celebrating the cracks, the words we never said and the paths we never took, making peace with the crevices and all other marks that time, weather and love leaves behind.
Come to think of it, how inspiring is it that everything we learned to despise, to condemn during the course of our lives, were actually nothing but the most beautiful creations of the higher power? We are so busy trying to find perfection in the lives we live, searching for something better, covering up the scars and rough spots we carry, that we almost forget that being human fundamentally implies being imperfect.
At least once in your lives you might’ve said to yourselves that it’s okay to fail, to not be enough, to leave things unfinished, we’ve all been there but no, it’s not just ‘okay’, it’s beauteous! It’s everything life is about, to set loose the worries of our hectic lives and appreciate the untamed genuine beauty that, sadly, goes unnoticed.
And once you acknowledge the essence of Wabi Sabi, that we are all but transient beings on this planet, that our bodies just like the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came, ultimately accepting the concept of the death as a ‘synonym for beauty not in use’ , it urges us to see with eyes, spirit and soul wide open.