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  • Writer's pictureShelley Hossack

Embracing flawed

“She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings”.

My yoga teacher once told me a really cool thing…………….In Japan they have ‘golden joinery’. It’s a tradition called ‘Kintsugi’. You might have heard of it?

It’s an art where broken pottery is repaired using lacquer mixed with gold, silver or platinum. They believe in embracing flawed and ‘repairing’ cracks by highlighting them. How cool is that?!


See here’s the thing I’m flawed, we all are. Nobody is perfect. We all have insecurities and self doubt. Everyone of us. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap that perfection is possible. It’s easy to believe that the people in our Facebook and Instagram feeds have got their shit together, that they’re ‘perfect’……………they don’t, they’re not.


The way I represent myself in photoshoots is absolutely an aspect of who I am and some people might think I look ‘perfect’, but I’m also a girl that spends most days in sweats or jeans & trainers and there are days that I definitely don’t have my shit together!


I don’t always style my hair and I can’t always be bothered with full on make-up, (I use foundation & mascara though, yay, go me hahaha). I don’t have particularly good skin. It’s not terrible but it’s definitely not ‘flawless’ either.


We’re all guilty of ‘highlighting’ our best bits. We all have something that we dislike about ourselves. Something we might even try and hide……………. but I guarantee you that what you think and see about yourself isn’t what anyone else thinks or sees…………..


And I know this to be fact! An incredibly talented artist gifted me a portrait, (Lynda Thompson). When I saw it I cried, I thought it was stunning. There was just something about it that ‘moved’ me. She then told me that’s how she saw me. And I cried a little more. To think someone saw me in such a beautiful way blew my mind.


So I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t hide your ‘broken’. Broken is beautiful. Take any flaw that you think you might have and embrace it, highlight it even, as “your different was your beautiful all along” (Atticus).


Remember that everyone of us has doubts, insecurities and flaws, even the people we admire and follow on social media.

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