The opposite of what we strive for.
Or is it?
An imperfect first marriage ended and lead me to my almost perfect second marriage and our wonderful kids.
I left an imperfect job with no prospects on the horizon, to find an almost perfect consulting life waiting for me. Full of challenge and excitement that I never could’ve imagined for myself.
Sometimes, the curveball that life throws our way, may actually be the exact thing we need in our lives at that moment.
I’m not saying that we should not plan. I think that planning is a natural, human endeavor. And in today’s day and age, we definitely need to have things organized for retirement, children’s education, maybe some extra money for travel and such. Goals of this nature cannot manifest over night. So planning is required.
But being imperfect allows me the chance to connect with others. I am vulnerable in being imperfect. It is difficult, and sometimes scary, to admit that we don’t have everything under control all the time. Add to that the pressures to be perfect in today’s culture, and you have one exhausted human right here. Another thing – perfect can be incredibly boring.
Perfect means that you never have a bad hair day, and look the exact same every single day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Perfect means I’m never late to an event and miss the opportunity to engage with my daughter in the finer points of ironing your hair straight. During which I look in the mirror to no longer see the face of my baby, but a young girl, soon to be a young woman. Perfect means I never stray from the written recipe to accidentally create our absolute favorite pancake recipe, which is now a mainstay of our Sunday mornings.
A letter about Brazil went viral about a year ago. In it, the writer described Brazil as ‘perfectly imperfect.’ Not only do I think it fits Brazil wonderfully, but I think it works for me too.
This month, take it easy on yourself. Have some fun with your missed opportunities. Remind yourself that all of us, every single person, makes mistakes. Humankind is united through this simple fact.