I think everyone works so hard to stay one step ahead of what life might possibly throw at you. I also know that it’s near impossible to never get knocked down (and if it is, please tell me your secrets!). This week’s photo challenge prompt “imperfect” made me think of myself.
Now, don’t think that this is myself throwing a pity party and in need of encouragement because this is going a different direction.
It’s about giving yourself grace.
I know that I have talked about this before, but we really are so truly hard on ourselves when things go wrong. We live in a generation of trying to get ahead and that can really take a toll on our personal lives. Society tells us that we need to be beach-ready, work harder each day, and post the prettiest pictures you can take. Well I have some news for you, “society.”
I am an imperfect perfectionist and that’s ok.
For those out there who also relate to the hardships of being a perfectionist, I can tell you that I had to work really had to let some things go. As a graphic designer and photographer, I can only work with the skill set that I currently have. I have to repeatedly tell myself that the work I’m doing is the best I’m capable of in the moment. Yes, I learn from my experiences and mistakes – and that’s one of my favorite parts of it all.
While sometimes I will cringe at my past work, it is work that I had to get through to get me to be better. I try to look at it as I will always improve each time my shutter opens and each time I finish a design. Though, this can be super difficult and possibly discouraging to think that you will never be “the best”. Stop that thought! No one is ever “the best,” but they are the best they can be in that moment in their lives.
So I’m working to thrive in my imperfectness. It’s the only thing I can do.
“Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.” – Vincent van Gogh