13. When Things Break, Do You Prefer To Fix Them Or Replace Them?
I am not a fan of mass consumerism and I far, far prefer to fix them. I came from a poor family and if we could patch things up or use things in a different way, then we would do it. It makes a person far more resourceful and inventive, in a way that you couldn't be if you were affluent and therefore could/would always replace things once broken. The Chinese art of patching things with gold truly does make a much-loved object even more cherished. There is a place in Cornwall that takes old saris and upcycles them into pixie cut skirts and dressas. I have one that is emerald green and edged with gold. Absolutely stunning and for me, it is more cherished because it had a previous life as something else.
Cherished objects can have great stories behind them - you can't replace that.