Today I came across the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi - the art of imperfect beauty. For me (who is so drawn to things that are aged, flawed and full of time-worn character), the idea conceptualises everything I've ever found beautiful.
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Essentially, Wabi-Sabi is a philosophy of aesthetics that revolves around the recognition of the transient nature of earthly possessions and the corresponding celebration of the process of aging.
Put simply, the impermanence and incompletion of all that surrounds us makes our lives more beautiful.
Loosely translated, Wabi means "a taste for the simple and quiet" while Sabi refers to the "patina of age".