I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
The real reason why no one is perfect is that there is no such thing as perfect! Every standard we measure ourselves against is a standard that we have created ourselves or that our society has created for us. “Perfect” is a social construct, and the standard of “perfect” beauty, morals, talent, etc. varies widely across cultures and time periods.
So: if you struggle with perfectionism, as I have often throughout my life, just remember: “perfect” is a made-up concept.
And you can make up your own version of perfection. Today mine involves accepting my uniqueness and life’s bumps and bruises, rather than wishing that things were different or that I could be more “perfect”!
“Live no longer to the expectation of …people with whom [you] converse. Say to them, … ‘I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you.'”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson