Most of you who know me know that I am a Gretchen Rubin sucker. If you have never followed "The Happiness Project", you are truly missing out. Gretchen gives insight on simple changes that one could try to make their lives happier. It's crazy how the smallest things that you may never even think about can make a rather large impact on your overall happiness. If you haven't checked out her blog, definitely give it a shot.
Today on Gretchen's blog says, "Secret of Adulthood: Flawed Can be More Perfect Than Perfection."
I love this.
There's always "that person" in everyone's lives. That person that is always in shape. Always in fashion. Always on time. Well traveled. Well Spoken. Always clean. Always well maintained. Always winning at everything. Always excelling in every facet of their lives. ALWAYS PERFECT. When they start to talk about their successes, we want to punch them in their little perfect faces. You know it's true. Why do we hate these people so much? Some people would say it's out of sheer jealousy. Some would say that we are unhappy with our lives or our lot in life, so we take it out on the successes of others. But, you know why I think we hate these people? People they aren't real. And we like real. EVERYONE has faults... some are just better at lying about it than others. When we see someone with slight imperfections, we appreciate that because it reminds us that we are all human and sometimes flawed can we more perfect than perfection.
It's so easy to waste our precious energy doting on these people, being jealous of their perfection and asking ourselves "why aren't we that way". Simple truth: you don't know that person's lot in life. Maybe they are always in fashion and in shape: but maybe they are incredibly self conscious. Maybe they always have a perfect home: but maybe this is how they take out their marital struggles. Maybe they seem to always "outwork" everyone: but maybe they feel like it's the only thing they are good one. I promise you this... everyone has insecurities. Some greater than other... some better managed than others.
Don't let your skewed view of someone's "perfect" life allow you to lesson the greatness of your own.
Embrace your beautiful flaws. Because that's real. And flawed can be more perfect than perfection.