I’ve struggled with perfectionism for a long time. I’m really not sure why. Maybe it’s because I felt like such an odd duck and I didn’t want other people to see me that way. I wanted to appear like I had everything together and I felt confident and comfortable in my own skin. Which was very far from the truth.
Recently, I’ve tried to really delve into my own depths and find out what really makes me tick. In the process of looking deeper into myself, I’ve started looking into the lives of others. What’s deep inside of them? What truth about themselves are they also trying to mask with perfectionism.
I’ve come to realize, there is no such thing as perfect.
Everyone views things from an individual stand point. What I feel would be perfect is not what someone else thinks is perfect. Our perspectives and our goals are different. When we go through life, trying to live up to everyone else’s version of perfect, we lose before we even start. You become a people-pleaser. And you can’t please everyone.
So I’ve decided to strive to become my own version of perfect and know that I will be a disappointment to some. And I will no longer be frustrated when someone else doesn’t live up to my standards. It’s enough that we try to become better versions of who we were born to be.
How does your struggle with perfectionism effect your creativity? Who do you want to please? What does your version of perfect look like? Share your thoughts in the comments.