I’ve always been hard on myself. When I was seven years old, I cried if I got a B on a test. When I was thirteen, I criticized myself because the boy I liked at school didn’t like me back. When I was nineteen, I looked back on the mistakes I made as a teenager and asked myself how I could possibly be so stupid.
I am a perfectionist in almost every aspect of my life. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, my perfectionism motivated me to try my best at everything. I excelled because of it. I got the A’s, I fit into the prom dress I wanted to wear, and I was accepted to the university of my dreams. But the drawback of being a perfectionist was that whenever I failed at something, I fell into a cycle of self-criticism, shame, and depression.
If you can relate to what I just described, then this post is for you.
Sometimes, I have to take a step back and remind myself of my good qualities. I have to turn off the nagging self-criticism and truly appreciate myself. I realize that constructive criticism is good because it helps me to grow and improve. However, I think it’s also important to strike a healthy balance between self-love and constructive self-criticism. I strive to achieve that balance, and I think you should too.
Today, show yourself a little love and remind yourself that you are perfectly imperfect. It’s OK to fail sometimes. But if you’re like me, and your nagging perfectionistic mind won’t leave you alone, check out the list below.
Here are 18 reasons why it’s OK to be imperfect:
- If you were completely perfect, you’d be a really boring person.
- You have a unique set of gifts and talents.
- As long as you try your best, you’ll find success somewhere.
- Even when you fail, there’s always the opportunity to keep moving forward.
- You have to fail sometimes in order to truly appreciate your successes.
- There are people who think you are beautiful.
- There are people who love all of you, imperfections included.
- As long as you have a good heart, you will bring light to other people’s lives.
- You always have the opportunity to make a positive impact.
- You will find your purpose in the world as long as you seek it.
- There’s not a single person in the world who is perfect.
- Being imperfect is being human.
- There is absolutely nothing wrong with screwing up sometimes.
- Life is meant to be lived.
- Because you’re imperfect, you have the freedom to be whoever you want to be.
- Perfection is impossible to achieve, so there’s no reason to seek it.
- There’s no one else in the world like you.
- You are good enough.
If you are struggling, I sincerely hope that this post helped you. If it did, please pin it so we can spread the love and show other people that it’s OK to be imperfect. As always, thanks so much for reading!