Why “Perfection” Isn’t Necessary
Posted by Caitlin Norton
At the beginning of the New Year it’s not surprising to see a barrage of messages like: “Lose 10 Pounds Fast;” “Kiss Cellulite Goodbye;” “Get Stronger, Leaner, Faster.” I don’t know about you, but they usually leave me feeling like there’s something fundamentally wrong with the way I am. It’s become a cultural norm to inundate people with messages that equate happiness and power with losing weight and having a “perfect” body.
Some of the advice is fine if you indeed want to change. But what if you don’t? What’s wrong with liking who we are?
These ads and magazine and TV shows are all trying to capitalize on the insecurities we feel- many times amplified by the same body-hating messages they put out! What if we were to stop letting others try to tell us we aren’t thin enough, toned enough, strong enough, or fast enough and start the process of loving ourselves as we are, instead of loving “perfection?”
This is not to say that we don’t have room for improvement. I know I do, and given the fact that 36 percent of Americans are considered obese and 80 percent don’t get recommended exercise, others do too. The point is that this constant pressure to become better leaves us no room to just “be.” It’s no wonder 50 percent of adults walk around stressed out all the time. Which, incidentally, doesn’t help with any kind of self-improvement.
What if we just said “SHUT UP” to all the cellulite ads, advice columns and “get thin quick” schemes and work on accepting that “perfection” is relative and sometimes being who and what we are right in this moment is good enough?
Consider yourself perfect right at this moment and share what you love about that person in the comments!