Tuesday, June 12, 2012
To me perfection is a figment of someone's imagination. Nothing in life is perfect...and when I say life I mean ALL life. You will see no two leaves exactly alike, no two snowflakes exactly alike, no two people exactly alike (even identical twins have differences!). When you strive for perfection, you are setting yourself up to fail. I don't try to be perfect. I try to be the best that I can. I make mistakes, and often, but I own up to them and move on.
Perfect example of a mistake happened to me last night. As those of you who read my blog regularly know, I sew costuming for Renaissance Faires and Live Action Role Play games. They have to be sturdy construction, yet comfortable to wear to run or perform in. I have been working on a new outfit for myself for the past few weeks. Last night, I made a BIG mistake that cost me an entire nights work. What did I do? I sewed the underskirt into the waistband inside out.
Experienced seamstresses will look at this and say "Oh no! I've done that before!". Others who've never sewn before will read this and most likely say "Oh no! Can it be fixed?" The answer is yes, it can be fixed. Is it easy? Nope, but nothing worth doing is easy.
It's the same way with weight loss. It's not easy to lose weight. We all know this. If it was easy, we wouldn't be here. Is it worth doing? Darn tootin it is!! Now I could have thrown in the towel on that skirt and decided to wear an older costume instead. I was tempted, believe me. There were quite the few choice words that came out when I discovered my blunder that are not fit for public consumption. But I am not giving in. Instead, I am here at work, the skirt in a bag behind me waiting for my lunch hour when I will begin the slow tedious process of picking it apart. All this is not a waste though. I have learned a lesson from my mistake, and I will move forward from here.
I'm not perfect. I'm human. I make mistakes. I don't let mistakes defeat me though. Neither should you.