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Why It’s Okay Not to be Perfect


We all like to think we’re perfect; but here’s the thing, we aren’t. In fact, absolutely no one, even the most profound celebrity, will ever be perfect. Perfection, simply put, is an overrated phenomenon that no one can actually achieve. We, as a society, have developed the term “perfectionist.” Yes, this word contains perfect, but really, it’s just a word to explain organizational tendieces. We can all be a little ocd at times, but that doesn’t exactly mean we’re a perfect species.


We all have flaws. While some may be more prominent than others, these flaws give us knowledge, perspective and experience. We spend so much time worrying about how we look, how we act, or even what we say. Everyone is so desperately trying to reach this unattainable persona that leaves us feeling exhausted and even unworthy. By failing to be perfect, we disappoint ourselves more than anyone else. We put too much pressure on ourselves to be these fantastic human beings. When, in all reality, there is no such thing.


It’s time to accept mistakes and flaws and understand the importance of failure. It’s true, failure is the complete opposite of perfect, but it’s real, and it happens all the time. As cheesy as it sounds, failure is what shapes a person’s true personality. You do learn from your mistakes. This is a saying we’ve all heard before, but it’s time to actually start listening.


Goals are great. Achievements are great. It’s magnificent to be magnificent at something and to feel as though you’ve succeeded. These are the small, unique moments that give us determination, dedication and purpose. This isn’t perfection, it’s commitment. Nothing in life comes easily, or naturally, in fact, some things take a seriously long time to do. Your dream job doesn’t seek you; you seek it. This sort of thing takes time, and odds are, you’ll probably fail once or twice, but failure is necessary. Failure, and believe me, I hate to admit this, is key to attaining one’s true potential.


It’s not perfection that we should all strive for or wish for, instead we should be learning to use the word perseverance.


Riley Jenson

Endicott '20

I am a senior at Endicott with a major in Marketing Communication/Advertising and a minor in Professional Writing. I'm passionate about writing and the fashion industry. My dream is to move to New York City.
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