Perfection is Overrated
“Perfect is boring. Human is beautiful.”
I’m never going to be the girl with the perfect hair and manicured nails who always looks put together. I’m irrational, I’m definitely impatient, I’m outspoken, I take on too many projects at once and I can be sensitive because maybe I care too much.
Coming to terms with me, is all part of the battle but what makes me feel on top is that I’m aware. If it’s a “flaw” that needs some fixing, I will focus on it. If it’s just a flaw and inherently part of me–the eclectic bunch that makes me who I am–so be it.
I know people that physically appear perfect and also seek perfection in the people around them and their own goals. Sometimes I want to kick them in the shins (did I just say that out loud?) It’s the truth, you wonder how they do it? How do they look so good? How do they always keep it together? How do they not show a sign of struggle?
I will let you in on a little secret-chances are that perfect person (think about it, you can probably think of someone) doesn’t think they’re so perfect. It’s relative. We’re our own worst critic.
Perfect is defined in the dictionary as , 1 a: being entirely without fault or defect. When we speak of human beings, this is impossible. My dad is a gemologist and there are perfect, flawless diamonds. There literally are no cracks, and their loupe magnification is FL: Completely Flawless.
Photo Credit: The Chic Ecologist
Human beings are not diamonds. Human beings are not flawless.
There is in fact, a joy in being imperfect.
Stick to your imperfections. They make you you. Don’t dwell on that personality quirk of yours. It vibes with some people and the naysayers will always scream nay. Thank them for naysaying, showing you another opinion, respect that, but then politely move on and keep being you.
I say reach high. Strive for excellence but realize that failure and mistakes, shape and mold you more than that “perfect” score you received on the SAT or the “perfect” relationship or the “perfect” job you’re trying to find. Don’t be so hard on yourself and realize that where you are going and what you are doing, is often a lot more than you give yourself credit for.
Life isn’t filled with milestone markers. It’s messy and isn’t linear. As Anatole France once said, “I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.” True that.
Think about it. Do you strive for perfection in your daily life? Do you belittle your imperfections, wishing you were different?