Travel – the kintsugi art of life
I came across the concept of kintsugi about a year ago while inter-webbing (randomly searching the internet), meaning ‘golden joinery’, it is the Japanese art of fixing poetry mostly with powdered gold. It immediately caught my attention because it opened the possibilities that though something is broken, it can still be made more beautiful. It instantly changed my concept of being broken to mean undervalue or loss of value, instead, it could actually result in an addition of value.
I am here to tell you that the situation in which people may see as hopeless and helpless could actually be changed to something which is of great value.
The love of the father (God) is so deep and so wide that it overwhelms me when I try to understand or describe it. I can actually see him taking his time to fix all the brokenness and shame, not with mere sand or glue, but instead with the one of the most expensive of substance – GOLD!
With this understanding, I no longer fear my imperfection but instead embrace it as a process in which God himself is working on me. For this reason, I embraced my passion for travel, as I honestly believe travel is the kintsugi art of life.
Travel for me is not an escape but instead a self-discovery, stepping into the unknown and striving in excitement. It fills your mind with endless possibilities and expands your knowledge of the world you live in. The expansion process is kintsugi – it’s simple how the gold gets in!
I intend to travel to at least 30 countries before I am 30 years old (hopefully more). I am currently over half way there and I will be sharing my experiences, people I had met along the way and how each trip have changed my perception about life. I will also be sharing tips of what I have learnt whilst travelling, do’s and don’t and every other thing that falls in-between.
My desire is to journey through life with the hope of finding a deeper understanding of it all by spending that time reading, asking questions, having conversations and not simply sharing my opinion.
Feel free to leave a comment below, I look forward to hearing from you. Till then, I leave you with this quote:
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ― Pico Iyer
Stay blessed x