"Kintsugi" (金継ぎ), literally translated as "gold joinery," is the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer containing gold powder.
While most repair techniques attempt to conceal and restore an item to its former glory, kintsugi highlights the cracks with a visible gold join to show that the breakage was part of the object's history - and at the same time, creating an evolved version of what was once before.
Kintsugi is a form of Wabi-Sabi that embraces imperfection as part of its beauty.
We all have a story to tell about our scars - I have a deep scar on my ankle, which I got from my leg getting trapped under a playground roundabout as a child.
However, not all scars are visible on the outside but remain with us as scars in our memory. While some of these memories may have been an ordeal, these experiences are the kind that mold us into who we are today.
I wanted to use the art of kintsugi to represent the invisible scars that we bear - be it an ordeal that we experienced - or a fight with an invisible illness.
I've had my fair share of ordeals throughout life - some of the events have left me with sadness, frustration, confusion, anger, and questions about why I was chosen to go through all that poo.
However, it's only now that those questions are being answered - I realize that without those ordeals, I would not be who I am today doing what I do - and for that, I am grateful.
As for the ordeals that I continue to face - "bring it on!" I say ;-)
Kintsugi is a process that takes time and patience to repair a breakage - recovering from an ordeal is no different and will take time. But just like kintsugi, your scars from an ordeal are a testament that you have unlocked an evolved version of yourself.
Relentless is a reminder that the days that break you are the days that make you. The mended kintsugi cracks are a visualization of all the times when something (or someone) tried to break you - but ended up making you even more relentless.
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