Nothing beats a perfect picture, a perfect body, or even a perfect relationship.
I’m wondering why in our society, everybody still wants to hide their scars or other imperfections. Shaped by life events or desires, they are what we are – brilliant, individual, and perfect parts of us! The word imperfect is actually spelled “I’m perfect” because everybody is perfect in their own way.
Normalizing being imperfect is what can change our society, ourselves, and our systems.
When we think about flowers, there is not one that looks exactly like the other one. But for each of us, one of them is perfect – it could be a shiny sunflower, a white rose or a dried tulip. Let’s celebrate imperfection as our superpower, just as we would celebrate the uniqueness of the flower we would pick for our dinner table.
I want to share Chiara’s story with you. Chiara is a 20-year-old woman who has suffered from acne since she became a teenager. Living in a society that depicted only flawless skin in the media made her think that she was far away from perfection. Starting to develop an eating disorder and losing herself in unhealthy habits was her compensation for her perfect imperfection. Chiara used Social Media to share her acne story and found many supporters who did the same thing with their perfect imperfections.
Chiara’s story is just one of many that should encourage us to finally accept and see ourselves as perfectly imperfect. Because that’s what we all are.
If we want to embrace imperfection, we need to include it in everything we are doing – in our love lives, social lives, and even our work lives, everywhere!
The mirror, for the most part, never shows us the real us, it’s always just a reflection. When we start accepting ourselves for who we are, we will encourage others to do the same, just like Chiara did.
It took me a while to understand that we all are perfectly imperfect and that we can lose our fear of imperfection by embracing it. That’s why I think it is so important to open ourselves up and share it with our surroundings.
So, the next time you see yourself as imperfect, celebrate it!
About the author:
I’m Kristin, an Ethnology student and creative writer living in the beautiful city Vienna. Most of the time you can find me on my bike catching the little moments in life and also, you’ll always find a stock of peanut butter on my kitchen shelve. Creating and sharing stories is one of my biggest passions!