I love that quote for one reason – it echoes a truth many of us are uncomfortable with. In this world of selfies, blessers, filtered photos and life masks, many of us aim to project our lives as perfect. Everyone wants the world to believe that they are living a perfect life, perfectly healthy, the perfect relationship, perfectly married with kids, the perfect job and of course the perfect lie.
We are aiming for perfection that we cannot attain; although I must say we can come close enough if we just let our obsession with perfection go. We can let ourselves adapt continuously to every curve ball while evolving into the best version of ourselves we could ever be. No matter how hard we try, strive and even plan, life will not be perfect. Striving for perfection only prevents us from fully living our lives. It calls us to envy someone else’s life and seek theirs rather than ours. It robs us of our most precious possession: life itself.
Now, let me tell you that we live in a world that is far from perfect, the people around us are far from perfect and unfortunately, we are far from perfect as well. Life is not perfect. It never has been and it never will be. But you know what, this can be good news. It means we can stop pursuing the mystical, perfect life. It means we can stop chasing perfect skin, the perfect job, the perfect house, or the perfect relationships. It means we can find freedom to live within our imperfections.
In fact, the sooner we realise that perfection is not available to any of us in this world, the sooner we can begin living better lives because of our imperfections. The moment that you fully understand that all people are imperfect by nature, you can stop pretending that you have it all together. I am imperfect and you are imperfect. So let’s stop pretending that we aren’t. Instead, let’s begin living authentic, vulnerable lives with one another.
If you find yourself intimidated by social media, I ask you to be smarter than it and realise that people only show you the good side of their lives, designer shoes, relationship goals, cars, travelling, work and so forth. Trust me, they will not show you the entire truth. Even if their social media illustrates a perfect and great life, getting to know the truth about those people, their family situations, how they make money and all that might not be too pleasant, it’s not pretty at all.
Oh well, life is truly not perfect, but it does go on and when we learn to fully embrace both its beauty and its weakness, we create the opportunity to live victorious in both. So, I ask you to love your own life and know that you are also blessed with or without material things and that the people you see also go through ups and downs. God doesn’t only bless the few, he blesses everyone. You are blessed.