47 times Hemingway rewrote the ending to A Farwell to Arms.
Imagine that. Wrestling with so many different ideas.
Maybe the 23rd time was good but not great.
Then again at 34.
By 46 he must’ve been close to giving up.
Then 47 happened.
What if he stopped at 6? Would the ending have been as good?
I haven’t read the book but there’s a line towards the end which I’ve seen a couple of times before.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.”
Titanic was unsinkable, yet it sunk.
My iPad died whilst writing this. So I’m writing it again. Better. I’m filling up the cracks with gold. Just like Kintsugi.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. The idea is the repaired piece is more beautiful having been broken.
Everyone wants to be Superman but people can relate better to Batman. Batman went through Kintsugi.
If you’ve been lucky enough to be pushed to breaking point, take a leaf from the Japanese and repair yourself with gold.
If not, you can always rewrite your future. Become your own Batman.