‘Ruined’ (to me) is a very strong word.

It implies complete & utter devastation, beyond repair. Not even just broken – broken can be fixed or repaired. ‘Ruined’ means obliterated.

That’s why I very rarely use this word.

I sometimes hear it used rather loosely.

Except, language – both the language you use with others and towards yourself – matters.

If it’s not ruined, don’t call it so.

Very few things are actually ruined.

The vast majority of things are well within your reach to mend.

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