You’re not perfect and that is perfectly fine. Because perfect shouldn’t be the goal anyways. Sure, you could decide to drink more green juices, post more inspirational quotes on Instagram, buy some new jazzy gym clothes for 5am cycling class and vow to always “dance like no one is watching!!” It’s nice to set goals. It makes you feel a bit more in control of your life as you scribble in your journal your lists and daydreams of Everything You Hope to Accomplish One Day. But, does anyone really know what they will accomplish?
Inevitably, life happens and things rarely work out the way you expect them to. Not everything is in your control and sometimes life won’t be perfect. And that’s OKAY.
The goal should be to try new things. To explore your options. To dabble in your interests. To experiment. To fail. To learn from your mistakes. To be gentle to yourself. To accept outcomes. To shift gears. To strive for growth. To be human.
The important thing is that you are doing what you can, with what you have, right now, in the moment. Because that is way better than being paralyzed and doing a whole lot of nothing.
Once you fully embrace the idea that you, my dear, are a work in progress, the pressure to make sure that you have “all your ducks in a perfectly lined row” and that you don’t fall short, will start to fade away. Instead of being obsessed with making sure you get everything just right, accept that you are enough in this moment—right here, right now.
It’s important to remember that we usually are our harshest critics. You are far harder on yourself than the world will ever be. So loosen up a bit and start letting yourself flow. Otherwise, you will continue to cock block beautiful opportunities with your own impossible standards.
“Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells you that nothing you do will ever be good enough.” – Julia Cameron