Wabi Sabi

Aaron Swinton

Aaron Swinton

Founder of MAVRKS.
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What is beauty?

Pretty subjective huh?

What’s the first thing you think about when this question is asked?

To be honest the first place my mind goes to are ”beautiful” people that I see on Instagram. Ya know, the perfect ones with the fit bodies, beautiful skin and have traveled the entire world 30 times in their private jet. If I were a betting man I would say almost everyone reading this does the same thing…

This kinda sucks huh? Or do we even think about it?

Let me introduce Wabi Sabi.

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese world view is focuses on the appreciation of imperfection, asymmetry, simplicity and the natural state of things. It actually SEEKS out things such as pottery that has been broken and traditionally labeled as lacking beauty and calls it beautiful. Using the method of Kintsugi they take gold lacquer and piece back together the items emphasizing the imperfections for the world to see…

What?

Kind of counterintuitive but let’s really take a second and think about how this relates to life.

I mean, life is hard bruh. Things happen, we lose loved ones, miss out on opportunities and even some times make complete fools of ourselves. Let’s face it, these are BAD TIMES. But without the tough times and the imperfection how can we possibly know what beauty is?

How can there be any good days without bad days?
How can we know quality without ever experiencing mediocre?
How can we know what true beauty is if we’ve never been exposed to things that are ugly beneath the
surface?

This is not to say that bad things are good. This is to say that sometimes bad things make the good things great.

Whether we like it or not were ARE ALL IMPERFECT. Many times we hide these imperfections from the world to represent ourselves in the best light possible so others might ”think we have it all figured out”. But the reality is that nobody has it figured out. Not a single one of us.

We have all experienced pain and hardships. You can’t name me one person who hasn’t hurt in their lives. But guess what? That’s ok. We are made better with trials and tribulations, being molded everyday into our best versions of ourselves despite the cracks and crevices. Wabi Sabi says our imperfections and tough times are what make our lives beautiful and whenever we fall down and are broken, we are simply presented with another opportunity to not only put ourselves back together but show the world
our imperfections in all of its glory. Bars.

So let’s stop faking and pretending. Let’s stop striving to make it seem like we are living the best lives possible when in fact we do hurt. Let’s stop acting like our world is perfect, because in fact it’s the exact opposite. Let’s start showing who we are and be proud of it because that’s what the world needs to see. All that other shit is fake. LET’S KEEP IT REAL AND BE PROUD of our scars.

Wanna buy some pottery?

Shalom.