It’s okay to be imperfect

Sometimes, we can be too hard on ourselves. We wonder if we’re making mistakes.

The truth is, we will make mistakes for our entire lives. And that’s ok.

It’s okay to be imperfect.

Here are things that help dealing with imperfection in an imperfect world:

Surround yourself with people who inspire you. One of the most important things we can do to stay sane in an insane world is to surround yourself with people who you look up to, and who inspire you.

These could be friends, family, neighbors, work colleagues; what’s important is that just by being in their presence, you learn something, and you feel good about yourself.

If this sounds extraordinary, maybe it’s because we don’t do this enough, and we let ourselves be surrounded by people who are not good for us.

Think about who it is you deal with day to day, who you go to for help, who you catch up. All of those people should be people who inspire you. They are your support network for imperfection.

Remember that when someone is criticizing you, it’s because they don’t know anything about you. Criticism sometimes has roots in a well meaning place. But people who criticize in a negative way, without offering solutions, typically lack empathy into the suffering of others. Develop a thick skin when it comes to criticism. Take whatever might be useful, but discard the hard shell it comes in. Don’t take criticism personally.

Go easy on yourself. Your inner voice can sometimes wreck havoc, even intentionally. It can tell you that you’ve been foolish, that you’re being an idiot, that you are making too many mistakes. Go easy on yourself. The world is hard enough. Make sure that your inner voice is there for you.

It’s okay to be imperfect.