“Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they’re worn out and at times – and this is the worst of all – before we have new ones.” Georg C. Lichtenberg
Worn: Damaged and shabby as a result of much use. Very tired. Dictionary.com
This was not an easy task for me to do… I had to decide between things that were worn out and things that were beautifully worn with age. They might share the word “worn” but to me, they weren’t quite the same. I did eventually settle on things that were truly worn out… like the Chainmail Brynie and some that were beautifully worn; like the Bayeux tapestry above; both from Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. It felt like the right way to respond to the prompt. I guess the lesson on this one is that beauty, as well as worn-out, is in the eyes of the beholder.
I took the above photos at Chateau de Caen built by William the Conqueror and at a Battle of Normandy site. I have added others taken elsewhere below. We can see history, age, experience in things that others might view as tired. Our attachment to the history of a thing or the quality it offers, like aged wine, makes us see beyond the definitions. Just like some people love old clothes, others don’t… I will add more photos later (Updated). What are your thoughts?
“Heaven is all around me. Heaven is a point of view, a state of mind. Heaven is where I feel a communion of love with everything in existence.” Don Miguel Ruiz
I like old things and so even when others choose to describe something as worn, I generally don’t unless it is something worth chucking out… Yes, I know… semantics… but it is the way I view it from my small part of the larger painting we call our world… I wonder what my real reluctance towards the term was. I must think about that because that four letter word (worn) had an unusual grip on my mind and there was quite a bit of resistance to it; very interesting eh?
I uploaded a few more photos that fit some aspect of the task; an old book, a street shot of a home in Cambridgeshire, UK, and that piece of sculpture mimicking worn (I liked that) from High Line Park in Manhattan. I’d love to hear your views on this one. 🙂 Overall, this project gave me much food for thought and a recognition that heaven is all things; both worn and new… What are your thoughts? What worn things did you find? Did you find the exercise wearing? Do share? Thank you! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Whether things are worn or not, we can still find beauty in them…
- Weekly Photo Challenge : WORN (staceyarcher.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Worn (flickrcomments.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Worn (annablakeblog.wordpress.com)
- The Bayeau Tapestry – Bayeux, France (travelpod.com)
- Time worn (tishipoo.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.