Perfectionism is on the rise, more than ever, and it’s becoming a hidden epidemic, especially among millennials. Studies show that millennials strive for perfection more than the previous generations and it’s also driving our generation deeper into anxiety and depression. So it’s high time that we take a step back and look at life with the help of the age-old philosophy of wabi-sabi.
Wabi-sabi is an ancient Japanese philosophy with roots in Zen Buddhism and Japanese tea ceremony. Simply put, it is a philosophy of embracing the truth that life is imperfect and transient. And here are easy ways to adapt wabi-sabi in three aspects of our daily life.
In terms of aesthetics, wabi-sabi is characterised by rustic charm and minimalism. One way to adapt this into our lifestyle is by investing in sustainable and high-quality pieces that age well over time, be it a piece of furniture for our home or our wardrobe. A pragmatic approach to living a wabi-sabi lifestyle is to appreciate the beauty in something old and ordinary and making full use of what we currently have. So the next time the itch to shop kicks in, consider the wabi-sabi principle instead of falling into the trap of constantly yearning for something new and contributing to today's throw-away culture.