Snowboarding injury. My clumsiness hasn't changed.
Today in 1889 female journalist Nelly Bly began her successful attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. She beat it by eight days and back in 2004 I beat it by ten days. To be fair technology in the 115 years between our voyages might have made my trip a little bit easier. As per Instagram it seems that Thursdays are Throwback Thursdays these days. So as a result I visited my very first blog...my travelpod blog about my trip around the world. What a trip down memory lane! I suppose then I'll share some snaps. Between my London departure and return, my journey included surfing in Bali, museums in Melbourne, snowboarding in New Zealand (inevitable injury included), suffering from the flu in Sydney, beaching in Hawaii, loving Los Angeles, losing money in Las Vegas, locked in Alcatraz in San Francisco, mooching around Miami and burning around Bermuda on a moped. Beautiful memories were made. Celebrating my past today and the future adventures to come.
It’s 24 days into 2018 and I’m only
now sharing my new year’s resolutions. I am, however, giving myself a pass because
mine aren’t just for one year, they’re for 26. Since university, I haven’t planned
my life more than a few months ahead. I thought I was a free spirit, but I now
believe it was indicative of the opposite – one caged by fear. One that’s
scared to plan and be disappointed; terrified to make goals, in case I miss the
goalposts. x While I had an incredible past year
of achievements, I experienced something akin to daily stress fractures on my
brain, which created fissures and cracks in my mind triggering mania and
depression in rapid cycles. Now, I have chosen to unlock the cage: I’m
committing myself fully to my creative endeavours all while travelling wherever
this wild spirit finds itself drawn to, because that spirit was slowly dying. I was not in
a good way. Now, here I am with the vastness
of life stretched out before me. These endless possibilities are exhilarating,
Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen
Kintsugi ("golden joinery" or "golden repair") is the Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery with gold. It treats the breakage and repair of the item as part of its history, its journey, its existence. Rather than hiding the damage, it brightly illuminates the repair, inviting the world to see its improved beauty.
Just like pottery, we humans can crack, splinter, break, shatter. These knocks remain part of our being and, whilst a brave face might create a temporary disguise, nobody can hide forever. At least I couldn't. To heal, I found I had to expose.
Kintsugi treats the crack as merely an event in the life of the object, not a reason to end it. Kintsugi knows that something is more beautiful for having been broken. As someone who considers themselves broken, that can be hard to believe, but at my depth…