How Imperfection Will Set You Free

I don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be perfect.

There’s freedom in that. You can’t get to perfect no matter how hard you try, so you don’t need to try harder.

You don’t need to try harder to know it all.

You don’t need to try harder to do everything just right.

You don’t need to try harder to fake it, either.

You can relax, and just be who you are today.

You aren’t alone. We’re all walking around trying to get our ducks in a row as we go. (Or else we’ve given up and are 1. enjoying the wild quacking and 2. trying not to step in poop.)

The great thing about being a work in progress, though, is that you can do it. You can keep becoming more of yourself, more of who you are, more of who you were made to be.

I think we’re afraid to show our imperfections sometimes because we’re afraid of being called out as frauds. Imposter adults.

The truth is the other way around.

You can be your real self, with your own passions and personality and history. You can do the next right thing today, whatever that may be. You can help the people around you, by doing whatever it is that you do.

When we make mistakes, those might be invitations to grow.

Those might be places we can learn to love better, to help better, to support better.

But mistakes don’t change who you are. Mistakes and missteps don’t make you any less YOU, and they don’t make you any less ENOUGH. You are enough, and you are growing, and you are becoming more of who you were born to be.

That is work enough for today.

Even without the hummus.

This article was originally published at Melissa Camara Wilkins is a mother of six who writes about learning to show up in the world as you really are. Join Melissa’s free Find Yourself mini-course today and get five little lessons in slowing down, listening for the voice inside you, and figuring out who you really are.

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