If a Millennial makes a Hannah Montana reference in the title of a blog post and no one is around to see it, did it really happen? I’ll ponder that in the corner while you guys refresh your memories of the seminal work by the aforementioned Ms. Montana: Nobody’s Perfect music video.
Oh, good, you’re back! I wasn’t sure if you would stick with me after what I just made you watch. I promise that’s the last one… For now.
Whether it was originally on a Disney Channel Original Series soundtrack or not, we’ve all heard the refrain: Nobody’s Perfect. So why is it such a hard message to internalize as an adult? We receive this message at various points in life – mistakes are inevitable, accidents happen, nobody’s perfect so it’s ok if you mess up sometimes, all that stuff – and yet we strive for perfection and beat ourselves up when we cannot attain it. Or, more accurately, when we don’t perceive ourselves to have attained it.
I grew up a self-proclaimed perfectionist. I resisted committing too fully to any extracurricular activity because I didn’t think anything was worth my time if I wasn’t naturally good at it. I bucked effort for fear of failure.
As I’ve gotten older, however (FYI, yes, I am looking forward to a whole lot more getting older in the future, because I’m only 23 and also I am going to live forever), I’ve learned that, not only is nobody perfect, but nobody would even want to be perfect if they really thought about it!
With every mistake I make, I learn. With every fall, I get back up. With every 2am McDonald’s apple pie and hashbrowns combo, I green juice. I don’t want to be perfect. When something is perfected, it loses its chance to get better. It stops growing, and then it has no progress upon which to reflect. And isn’t that the fun of life? When, at any age, you get to look back at the you from a few years before, smile to yourself and think, “Ha! What an idiot.”
I’m giving myself more breaks lately. The more 2am McDonald’s apple pie and hashbrowns combos 23-year-old me has now, the more laughs 300-year-old me can have in her cabana on Mars in 2293.
Sarah Mowery is the Podcast Marketing Editor for the Spark – Inspire Your Life Podcast and an avid podcast listener. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Sarah enjoys writing, playing outside, going to concerts, and anything else she can list here that will make you think she’s cool. Sarah is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a member of the assisting team at YogaSport in Dallas.