We live in a society where we want to be perfect. We’re even expected to be perfect – always happy, flawlessly beautiful, successful – and we’re certainly not meant to fail or cry or feel ill.
On social media, we all have that image. It’s easy to obtain when no one really sees you. So we show everyone how perfect we are; we show them pictures of our beautiful, filtered faces and our incredible holidays, and the healthy food we eat, and how perfectly green our grass is. We tell them about how amazing our day was, how blessed and lucky we are to live such perfect lives with the perfect partner, the perfect kids and the perfect job, house and dog (he never ever wets the carpet, or even drools!). We just laugh and laugh, and everything is awesome.
But there’s something missing there…
What is it again…?
Yes, exactly, that’s it! Humans.
Because humans are not perfect. There’s no such thing as a perfect human life. Humans fail (so much!), humans cry, humans hate their lives sometimes, and themselves.
And aren’t we all human?
So why do we try to hide the less beautiful moments in life? Are we that afraid of seeming human, or normal?
But none of us are perfect, so maybe we should stop pretending to be…
It’s totally okay to not live a perfect life all the time. That’s just life, you know. So maybe it’s time we lift the weight of perfect off our shoulders, and just relax. Maybe it’s time we felt okay with being imperfect, and being just the way we are.
I once heard someone say (I cannot for the life of me remember who or where!):
And ain’t that the truth!
This morning, as I grabbed my computer to sit down and write this (after a lot of procrastination), I managed to somehow bang the corner of my laptop on my face (don’t ask me how that happened). It hurt – yes, it did. And then, I sat down to meditate (as the good person that I am… hah!), but found myself completely preoccupied with my nose, because every time I tried to breathe out, I realized how badly I needed to blow my nose! Did I pause for just a second to do so? Nope. I went on for 10 minutes, kind of ruining the whole session.
But that’s okay. I’m only human…
Embrace your imperfections. You’re only human, too. And you are perfect in your own, very human, very imperfect kind of way.
You most definitely are.