You Aren’t Perfect… And You Don’t Have to Be

Good afternoon everyone. Today is Motivation Monday and I’m ready to share with you something I’ve had to keep in mind over the past week.

We’re going to talk a bit about perfection and why it’s something no one should strive for. I know, that sounds kind of opposite of everything that we were raised to believe, but that’s the point.

Let’s just get right into this and please comment below with any other topics you’d like for me to discuss during Motivation Monday.

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So, I’m currently working on this blog post at 3:30am on the day that it’s supposed to go up. I didn’t post anything all weekend, though I had the posts planned out, I just had to write them. I haven’t posted on Instagram since the beginning of the week. I’m currently not working. I’m debating going back to school for a second degree despite the fact I just graduated.

Why am I listing off all of these things, you may be asking? That’s because those are things that I’ve been doing that are “not perfect.” And they are also things that I’ve been struggling with lately because they aren’t perfect. I want to be posting every day in both places. I not only want to because I feel like I “have” to. I love doing it. I love having something to look forward to every day. And that’s blogging and responding to comments on Instagram.

I’d say comments on here but I barely get any (if you have any tips and tricks to working on that, let me know).

But here’s the thing. No one is perfect. I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect. Your favorite celebrity isn’t perfect. Your favorite author isn’t perfect. Your biggest inspiration isn’t perfect.

No one is perfect. And that’s a good thing.

Our imperfections make us human and make us who we are. That birthmark you have that you’ve hated your whole life? It could be the sign of where you died in a past life or it could be another thing that makes you unique. Start loving it. It’s another thing that sets you apart from everyone else.

You messed up something at work? Learn from it. What went wrong that lead you to messing that thing up so you can work to prevent it in the future. But always remember that you can’t fix everything. If it’s something out of your control, then ask for help.

But here’s the thing, not every mistake is going to teach you a lesson and you shouldn’t expect it to. With work, yeah. You should look for something to help so you can fix the issue.

Let’s go back to one of my “imperfections,” my not posting this weekend. There’s nothing to learn from it. I just need to accept it. It’s unrealistic to think that I’d be able to get right back into it and not miss a day or two and every post would be 100% perfect. They weren’t before, they won’t be now.

But the point I’m trying to make is that I’m trying to do what I enjoy. I’m trying to not go into it with expectations of everything being perfect.

That’s hard for me and I’m sure it’ll be hard for you too. We have all been raised believing our goal was to be perfect. But what is perfection exactly? In my opinion, perfection is impossibility. Perfection is what we see on Instagram that young people are striving for. But what isn’t shown if the behind the scenes. The mistakes, the work, the struggles.

You never know what someone is going through, especially someone in the public’s eye. Don’t believe that everything is okay just because you always see them smiling. Don’t assume they have their lives together just because that’s what they show you.

Don’t strive for perfection. Strive to be your best self. Love yourself and be happy with yourself. You will make mistakes. You will mess up. Things won’t go as planned. Accept that and learn from what you can.

Keep moving forward. Don’t give up. You can be whoever you want to be. Make a plan. You’ll get there.

Now I have a lot to think about and figure out so I’m going to finish up and get working on a lot of the stuff I have to do today. Thank you all so much for joining me. I don’t know if this was helpful to you all in anyway, but it was for me. It’s helping me put some things into perspective.

But I’ll see you all very soon. Have a wonderful week and remember that you don’t have to be perfect.

6 Comments

    1. I’m so glad it was helpful to you! It was to me again. I took a week long break again because things were hitting a bit hard when Instagram decided to block me from liking, commenting, and doing most other things. A few days in, I was feeling bad about not posting here, but I reminded myself that it’s okay to take a break. Especially with the way things are in the world right now.

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      1. Yes you’ve done the right thing! Sometimes taking a break is the best thing to do. We should all be more patient with ourselves and accept that sometimes things don’t go our way , especially not with the current state of the world. I wish you all the best!

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      2. Exactly! I’ve been learning to not drag myself further down when I have off days. If I don’t get to everything I wanted to, that’s fine. It also helps to have a day to just do nothing. Sometimes we’re all so caught up in always staying busy and doing ALL the things that we feel bad for taking time for ourselves. But that time is EXTREMELY necessary.

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