Perfectly Imperfect

For days, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to write next. That annoying voice in my head keeps insisting, “It has to be perfect.” I’ll be honest, this is a constant battle for me. Being a perfectionist is deeply embedded in who I am, and I’ve always acknowledged it, even though I know perfection is pretty subjective. But I’ve discovered an essential truth—balance is crucial, and it’s perfectly okay not to be perfect all the time.

Perfectionism has its highs and lows. It motivates me to do my best, which means I pay a lot of attention to the little details and I’m always aiming for the best outcome. But it can also be overwhelming and even paralyzing. The fear of making mistakes or showing my vulnerabilities might stop me from trying new things, meeting new people, or taking chances that could help me grow. For instance, starting this blog was a big leap for me. I’ve always wanted to share the lessons I’ve learned, but the thought of opening up was daunting. It wasn’t until I had to write for a school project that I thought, “Why not give it a shot?”

I want to highlight how important balance is because striving for imperfection doesn’t mean lowering my standards. Embracing imperfection is about redefining success and life. It allows me to make mistakes, which are really just opportunities to learn and evolve. Whenever things don’t go as planned, it’s a chance to explore a new path or discover something unexpected, and often, the results are even better than what I had envisioned.

In my own work, letting go of the need for everything to be perfect has made my projects more authentic and engaging. I’ve started to focus more on being creative and less on being flawless, making my work so much more innovative and fun.

So, how do you begin this journey? Start by setting realistic goals and accepting that not everything has to be perfect right away. Be patient with yourself and celebrate the small victories. Embracing imperfections is an ongoing, non-linear journey. It’s about making peace with the beautifully imperfect path of life. Let yourself be imperfect, step out of your comfort zone, and embrace vulnerability. Remember, nobody is perfect, and there’s something quite appealing about being imperfect!

Also, I want to share with you one book that has helped me along this journey of self-discovery: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. Check it out here, and if you have read it or are starting to read it, let me know what you think!

2 Responses

  1. Hi Valeria, thank you for sharing such an honest and inspiring blog post. I am always very interested in reading your writings!

    1. Hi Valeria, thank you for sharing such an honest and inspiring blog post. I am always very interested in reading your writings! (Reposting as I forgot to put my name)

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