Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Perfectly Imperfect Spotlight

Since graduating from diapers we're taught not to brag, to mind our manners, and try to be good boys and girls. We're told a lot of stuff by a lot of people through our sorry lives but not too many tell us to feel good about ourselves just the way we are. After all, nobody's perfect. Only clowns, fools, the Kardashians and the mentally challenged are happy with themselves. Normal people have to strive to do better, make more money, buy more stuff, get smarter and prettier. And so, we find ourselves concentrating on our shortcomings rather than our strengths. In doing so, we learn to keep our heads down because we live in a Whack-A-Mole world and we, friends, are the whackees.

Some of us go through our entire lives yearning to be a better person because we've been conditioned to believe that we're lacking. A work in progress. Unfinished. Inachevé. Simpleminded idiots with halitosis in need of some serious plastic surgery. And there appears to be an ample supply of people around to reinforce that fact. It's a shame, but (as they say) life's a bitch, then you die and someone wears your clothes.

Sure there are layabouts and welfare freeloaders... but for those of us that aren't, I recently came across some top secret research. Don't ask me how I got it. And don't tell anyone. It's: Imperfect is perfectly okay. If we somehow beat the odds and find a way to feel good about who we are now, at this moment, the repercussions are surprising. Instantly, we gain the stature of small "g" gods, that nasty rash becomes just another opportunity to scratch, we are our perfect weight and our outlook is much more conducive to becoming the sex symbol we all know we are. Plus, if we're not constantly looking down on ourselves it's much easier to help others feel better about not being perfect too. Laughter, wasting time and enjoying life is no longer frivolous but an extremely integral part of our day. Mistakes are not the end of the world but a necessary part of becoming our own superhero. Life becomes a better place to be.

So we all might try allowing ourselves into the perfectly imperfect spotlight. By doing so we'll be demonstrating to others that they can do it too.

Here's Peggy (who, by the way, was practically imperfect)... let's keep dancing...

4 comments:

  1. But then there's good ol' Mary Poppins, who was, after all, practically perfect! :)

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    1. Bert: Speakin' o' names, I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith.
      Uncle Albert: What's the name of his other leg?

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  2. Don't we have to stay imperfect so people can make money off our insecurities? Your advice is bad for the economy! Course we might all be happier :)

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    1. Ha! I've never been good with money...

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