on imperfection.

October 07, 2010



This is a tad belated, but I’ve been wanting to contribute something to Brené Brown’s recent project, The Perfect Protest. Brené - a PhD & social worker - writes about authenticity as a key component of happiness, and this concept really struck a chord with me, especially as I continue to read Reviving Ophelia, which is all about girls and women struggling to live authentically in a toxic culture. She argues that perfectionism is a major barrier to fulfillment, and I have to agree. Equally inspired by Susannah Conway’s post, I have crafted my own protest, below. I hope you’ll join me!

I am not perfect.

If allowed, I would sleep in until noon every day.

I love fatty foods: sweets, bacon, burgers, pizza, and mac ‘n cheese (to name a few).

I’m terrible about exercising. I struggle to stick to routines.

I’m quite attached to material items, namely: my phone, my macbook, my cameras, and several pairs of boots.

I procrastinate!

I never return rebates - I am the reason companies make money off of them.

I’m overweight. Not obese, but above the norm.

I can’t go a month without getting a parking ticket.

Sometimes I am really mean to myself.

I don’t always recycle.

I frequently start projects and never finish them.

Though I can budget, I am really bad at saving money.

At times, I am moody, grumpy, and ready to pick a fight.

I forget to send birthday and holiday cards.

My left pinkie is forever crooked at the top joint.

I’m often impulsive.

I like to swear.

I bite my nails.

I really don’t know as much about history and politics as I feel I should.

I say “should” to myself. A lot.

Though I am very organized at work, at home I am a cluttered mess.

I still smoke cigarettes occasionally.

I have serious guilty pleasures.

*I’m really, really trying to be the person I would like to be.*

I’m a good social worker, even if I haven’t yet found work.

I have a good sense of humor.

I like to cook, though I like to eat more.

I haven’t given up on learning Spanish.

I’m a good friend, though I’m pretty sure I could be better.

I am unapologetically idealistic.

I believe in myself.

I believe in other people.

I am curvy and it’s okay!

I am creative and passionate about many things.

I make mistakes, but I recover from them, too.

I’m assertive and honest, and I try to speak on behalf of those with no voice.

I love music, and I love to dance.

I am full of soul, compassion, and laughter.

I’m a perfectionist.

But I’m working on it.

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