Why Being Present Is So Much Better Than Being Perfect

Perfect is stupid. It’s idealistic. It doesn't exist in reality, in the real world that we live in. We constantly chase perfect, and continue to be disappointed because we can never quite get there. We continue recklessly chasing it, and continue being disappointed over and over and over again. But we keep on believing that life must be perfect.

And that’s a lie.

We look at social media. “Those people have perfect lives, why can’t I?” We set impossible and totally ridiculous standards that we strive endlessly to meet, and upon failing miserably, we beat ourselves up. I’m completely guilty of this, and still struggle with it often. It’s a constant work in progress.

The key to overcoming this obsession with perfection is actually simple: be present.

Be present, always. If we can learn to do this more often, every day until we become good at it, our lives will improve exponentially. Our conversations will be deeper, our relationships richer, and our lives more exciting.

When we learn to just be, to not strive to create a perfect life, then life can be as it was intended to be. When we learn to be present in the now, we can find joy in the simple and mundane things. When we aren't constantly chasing perfection, we often stumble onto the hidden gems in life, the moments worth remembering.

Your favorite memories most likely weren’t planned. Here's one of my favorite quotes:

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass... It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
— Vivian Greene

When we can learn to dance in the rain, to take what life gives us, then we can experience life as it was meant to be experienced. The best moments in life happen in the in-between moments, the less glamorous situations. Often the best moments in life happen at times when we least expect them.

A perfect life doesn't exist.

We can't expect to have a perfect life. And we can't create a perfect life for us. But if we learn to just be, and enjoy life where we are, we often find that life is even better than if it was perfect.

This week, I challenge you to just be.