All Your Perfect Imperfections
Is Imperfection the new Perfection?
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~Anna Quindlen
While I was looking through these photos, the first stage of filtering and editing them, I caught myself analysing all the things wrong and creating a mental list of what needed to be fixed. Within the span of about 5 seconds I had already identified that my hair looked a little messy, some parts of my clothes were creased and my skin had a few breakouts. Then I realised that really, truly, deeply ... I don't actually care!
Hi, my name's Elvira and I'm not perfect!
In the past, I've gone to great lengths to portray myself as perfect. Not intentionally of course, because ultimately I know I'm far from it. However, I'd make bloody well sure that I'd do all within my power to be as close to perfection as I could. And you know what, it's exhausting!! I've felt so drained by trying to make every single part of me as perfect as it could be and while spending an ungodly amount of time fixating over minute details, I'd either stress myself out or abandon whatever project I was working on altogether.
But I've had enough now and I've finally got to a place where I can embrace all those niggling imperfections about myself because ultimately, that's just me! Yeh my hair is kinda messy and yeh my clothes don't always sit where I want them to and yeh I have spots. I'm human and it's endearing! I've reprogrammed my brain to view my imperfections as my unique selling point and a strength. Now I can laugh at myself, feel less anxious and just enjoy being who I am. It's liberating!
So to answer my own question, yes imperfection is the new perfection because it is what makes me individual, beautiful and interesting. By embracing my imperfections, I'm learning how to love all of me, the good, the bad and the ugly. Accepting yourself as a whole package is an important life lesson for everyone of all ages.
Wah London x Asos Jumper
*Title from "All of Me" by John Legend