Being a perfectionist can be a battle and I don’t always think its a good thing. It can hinder you from a lifetime of growth and success. I find that the topic of being a perfectionist is something that I have dealt with all my life; cheerleading, gymnastics, being an art major and now my photography. I always thought it was a good thing. I thought that perfecting this “one thing” will make me better and I will be the best. It never seemed to be the case. In every aspect of my life being a perfectionist has propelled me backwards instead of forwards. It seems that perfectionism, and the phrase “your never good enough” have gone hand and hand. Here is the definition of Perfectionist & Perfect taken from Google :
“Refuses to accept any standard short of perfection”. Well what is perfect?
Who the heck is “perfect”? I think this a standard that is unreachable, in every aspect; as a person, as a family, in art, and even in photography. I have to remind myself that the only thing (which was a person) that was perfect was Christ. So where am I getting at with this?
I feel like there are so many things that I want to do and achieve but because I can’t get it perfect the first time I give up and don’t do it at all. THATS NUTS. The road to success and growth is embracing the failures and flaws. For me, those flawed photos I take, or these blogposts I post with typos show realness and character (if you haven’t noticed, typos are my best friend). I love being imperfect. I want to be an artist that creates more that is imperfect then create nothing at all. I think we all struggle with this battle but I say, WHY NOT LOVE OUR FLAWS. Flaws = character and growth in every aspect of our life. Flaws and character = uniqueness and individuality. Being different goes a heck of a lot further then being the same.