Perfect Is Overrated

Everyone hates their imperfections. Or, most people hate their imperfections. But the truth is, our imperfections are what make us human. Being imperfect is part of being human. We are all beautifully flawed.

Grace only sticks to our imperfections. Those who can’t accept their imperfections can’t accept grace either.
— Donald Miller

We need to learn to embrace our imperfections. To love them. If you’re a perfectionist then you know how hard this is. Deep down we secretly believe that nobody will love us unless we’re perfect. This is of course based on a lie, but we continue to believe it.

We continue to believe that if we mess up, we’ll be rejected. Or that we won’t be liked or be considered ‘cool’ anymore (which is a subjective term anyway) if we’re not perfect.

So we put on the mask. We try to be someone that we’re not to impress others. We trample on our own identity for the sake of being liked or respected or cool.

And if we’re being honest, it usually works, at least for a while. We experience a high or a feeling of increased self-worth, but it never lasts for long. Being someone that we’re not is tiring. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

What’s much better is choosing to be yourself. Choosing to be the real you. Not the you that works to impress everyone. Not the you that tries to make other people like you. But the you that is not perfect, the you that is messy and disorganized, and the you that has bad hair days. The real you. The perfectly imperfect you. The true you.

Be yourself today. You won’t regret it.