So much of the beauty around us captivates us because of the symmetry it reflects. Vibrant, fragrant flowers; gorgeous babies; and amazing structures all embody the laws of symmetry and order.
But I think there’s a whole other side of beauty. That is the beauty that occurs because of mistakes, deviations and chance. After all, some of the most beautiful people are hybrids of ethnicities.
And I see it playing out in my day-to-day life. It is well-known that where I work, change is the only constant. I never know from one day to the next what can happen. Sometimes that means things screw up all of a sudden which can stress anyone out — especially me. But it also means that I can have that chance encounter with someone at a meeting, in the cafeteria or in the hallway that can change the whole course of my day, week or even career. For example, I agreed to give a talk within my first months at my job at Google. The tech was giving us problems so I was a bit delayed. The person who was to speak after me — arrived mid-way though my presentation given my late start. But because she heard my content, she was intrigued and thought we should combine forces. And it’s because of this relationship that I was able to launch a whole series of projects that have propelled me forward in my career.
Serendipity is both endemic to my job and my saving grace. And that’s a beautiful thing. The seeming randomness of it all ensures that beautiful things — be them new relationships, innovative projects or inventive solutions to my gnarliest problems — are made or found. And this is ONLY because I don’t try to replicate the same pattern of behavior. I choose to be random, disorderly and open to chaos. Because it’s through this chaos that true beauty is revealed.
I urge you all to embrace the chaos, unorganized, and especially the fuck ups, because it’s there that true beauty will emerge.