April 16, 2010

pack up your expectations

I have this thing called perfectionism.

It's an irrational, pointless pursuit and unfortunately, I'm not a perfectionist in just one area of my life, but in all of them. Universal perfectionism, you could say. 

The symptoms of this condition? I'm constantly trying to juggle mile-long to-do lists with the goal to improve, improve, improve - chasing some distant and unattainable dream.

But sometimes - with all that forward thinking - you can forget to acknowledge what's behind you: what's already been done, where you are now.

And sometimes, you can forget to realize that where you are now is perfect for you

If you're lucky, though, there is someone in your life to remind you of these things, someone who tells you: slow down. Give yourself a break. Pack up your expectations and put them away. It's not about the moment that the dream comes true, it's what you learn and who you become while making that dream come true. 

And then you take a deep breath, grateful as ever that you've surrounded yourself with loving, understanding, and much more laid back people who have your best interest at heart.

6 comments:

CinnamonAndSass said... [Reply to comment]

Yup. That person is my boyfriend, and I guarantee I would be in the loony bin from trying to be "Superwoman" all the time without him there to calm me down :)

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

"the symptoms of this condition? i'm constantly trying to juggle mile-long to-do lists with the goal to improve, improve, improve - chasing some distant and unattainable dream."

so true!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

may i prescribe journaling?
Seriously though, journaling puts everything in perspective. try it some time.

s a m said... [Reply to comment]

oh hey soulmate.
even if we are both perfectionists you do a great job of telling me hey its okay. your doing the best you can

muchlove said... [Reply to comment]

this post is so beautiful :)

Cassy said... [Reply to comment]

i have a to-do list almost every day that seems MUCH too long to fit into the whole day.