Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more. "Every hour is saved from that eternal silence, something more, a bringer of new things." – Tennyson
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