On ‘Perfection’ By Angela Mugo

The hallmark of a human being is error. What makes us beautiful is how perfectly imperfect we are. However with time, people try to hammer out this imperfection....


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The hallmark of a human being is error. What makes us beautiful is how perfectly imperfect we are.

However with time, people try to hammer out this imperfection. They convince us that we are only worthy if we are perfect. We are persuaded to attach our self worth to results. You are only as good as the numbers you bring in to the sales department. You are only as good as how much you can bench at the gym. You are only as good as how emotionally stable you are.

We work so hard to be perfect just so we can feel good about ourselves. Most of the time we do so well, yet the moment we fail, there always seems to be someone watching. Someone looking to tell you that since you failed just that one time, you are no good. Often the person pointing this out may come across as the enemy; like they are perfect. However I have discovered that, they have their own battles that they are fighting. You see, the way we face our issues or try to run away from them, is by deflecting them on to others.

This is such a constant struggle, the tag of war between worth and worthlessness. However, there is an easier way out. How about separating the two? How about realizing that you are human and accepting failure as part of being human? How about taking our small ostrich head out of the sand and confronting our tall body of flaws? Have you ever seen how ridiculous an ostrich looks with it’s head in the sand. It feels safe there and believes the predator will not see it there. It believes it is safe there. That’s you trying to hide your flaws. The more you bury your head in the sand, the more obvious they become. We spend so much time trying to behave like we are invincible. We try to make people think that nothing can hurt us and yet, every little thing breaks us. We feel safe trying to ignore our flaws. We are in this emotional bubble that can be burst by one simple comment. We feel only as good as our last track record of success.

It’s okay to be emotionally unstable. It’s okay to need some extra hours to understand that presentation. It’s okay if you need some help taking care of your children. It’s okay if you have temper issues. It’s okay if you struggle with human interactions. You are human! The most important thing is that you are aware of this and you are working every day towards being better. Embrace all those flaws and be your own unique kind of beautiful.

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