I’m a perfectionist, which can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because I want to get things right and will work at it until I do. It’s a curse because, well, if I don’t “get” it just right, it can be a never-ending source of frustration. Something that’s even more challenging than managing my perfectionism is my ability to be realistic.
As much as I hate to admit it, I am human. I won’t do things perfectly all of the time. Or even most of the time, for that matter. At best, I can hope for “some of the time” with the likelihood that it’ll end up “every once in a while.” Sounds depressing, huh? Well, recently, with my blog, I had to admit perfectionist defeat.
The Friday before last, I didn’t make a Fun Facts Friday post. The reason: because, frankly, I wasn’t up for it. I’d received a devastating blow that left my spirits low. Okay, fine. That was an outlier, an extenuating circumstance. No big, right? Then came the post for last Monday.
The Sunday before was a comedy of errors. I wanted to mow part of our yard, but when the mower wouldn’t start, I was determined to get it going. That darn perfectionism again. Five plus hours later, I was no closer to getting it started than I was at the beginning. With a deep sigh, defeat was admitted, and we purchased a brand-new mower.
It was late by the time we were done, and I still had my Boldness in the Face of Anxiety post to write (you didn’t think that I, the night-owl, the must have anti-murderer juice (aka, coffee) to wake up, actually wrote my posts the morning they’re posted, did you? Nah.). I didn’t even have a topic in mind—I was too preoccupied all day with the unexpected mower issues.
For the second time that day, I swallowed my perfectionism pride and admitted defeat. I had neither the energy, nor the brainpower to write a post—and Monday morning wouldn’t be any better. I told myself that it’s okay to skip a day.
So, here’s my Wednesday Lift for you: It’s okay not to be perfect because, well, nobody is. But that’s what makes us human.
‘Til next time!
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