Our brokenness often bears an untold story.
Rundown houses—a sculpture that revolves around memory and loss, evoked in the demolition of old structures. Artwork by Charmi Shah. Displayed in Mumbai’s Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
This sculpture reminds me of the inherently beautiful Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi—of finding beauty in imperfection and embracing decay and death; of celebrating the many cracks and crevices and every other mark that time brings upon us, and how, as transient beings, we must all eventually return to dust from whence we came! Profoundly sad and yet beautiful, I think!
In my view, brokenness may not always mean one ends up bitter. Who knows it might throw up an opportunity for us to reassess our position or situation and use that knowledge to start all over again? Haven’t we all being there—broken, shattered, and lost? And then, being the resilient beings that we are, picked up the pieces of our lives, dusted off the hurt and moved on with renewed hope?
Never an easy choice, I know, but then, not impossible either! It’s all a matter of perspective, right?
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