The beauty of broken things

Owning and using broken things can be both incredibly beautiful and extremely liberating. And I'm not talking about the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi. What I'm referring to is the mental state I get in when I use something that's broken. This happens quite often with clothes. Most of my clothes are broken. They have holes, they have stains, my jacket is kept together with electrical tape, and my shoes are worn down. And that's fine. It's also liberating. Something broken can't change state anymore since that's a one-way transformation. Things start in perfect condition and can only deteriorate and break down. Sure, you can repair them, but that's not the same thing. In order to keep something in perfect condition you have to put in some effort but once something's broken that's it, the transformation is complete. When that happens, I just stop worrying about it and it's incredibly liberating.

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