Why striving to be perfect is not the answer
I admit it, I am not perfect. Actually, I have no issue with admitting that I am far from perfect. There are many battles that I face in everyday life. Instead of striving to be perfect, I need to learn from my imperfections to grow as an individual. See, striving for perfection is never the answer. This is simply because no matter how hard you try, you will never reach perfection. It is going to be a long and disappointing journey. Instead, we should focus on being the best possible version of ourselves that we can be, and accept our imperfections.
Where the heck am I going with this blog post…
Normally I follow a similar daily routine. I get up, go to work, workout, come home, and then write my blog post. Yes, I am great at procrastination. But today was different. My mom called me up this afternoon and asked if I wanted to go to the city with her for the evening. Wanting to stick to my usual pattern, I finally caved and agreed to go. My only concern is that wouldn’t have a post to publish today.
All afternoon I was thinking about what to write. I was trying to force ideas just to get something up and I was scared that I wouldn’t think of a topic by the time I went out tonight. Before I left, I was so stressed at the fact that I might miss a day of blogging. Then, I realized something that changed my mentality. I realized that striving for perfection was not what I wanted to push for. Trying to spend all of my time creating a perfect blog was about to stand in the way of making improvements in other aspects in my life. I was simply striving to be perfect in something that will never be perfect, that I almost forgot to do what I was born to do, live life.
Once I realized that I don’t want to be perfect, all of the stress came off and I was able to enjoy my night. Thanks to my mom, I had the most amazing night. We went out to eat and had fresh seafood for dinner. The best part was that I was able to enjoy every bite that I took. After dinner, we went and walked around the Walker Art Center and just enjoyed the moment. It felt liberating to be present and make memories instead of having a set schedule. For the first time in a while, I was proud of myself. Proud that I ditched my habits and made memories with the people that mean the most to me.
If there is something that you should take away from this post, it is the fact that you don’t need to be perfect. You will never be perfect at anything, but you can be great at many things. Find a happy balance and learn to live for the moments in life. Once I was able to take my own advice and let go, only then was a able to come up with an idea that I felt was worth sharing. Love yourself and strive to be great at many areas in your life, not perfect at one.
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