THE PANDEMIC OF PERFECTION

By: Aleyssa Gavin

After my first article was published for Revision Publishing, I had to go back in and make corrections. Usually, I would have panicked knowing 46 people had already seen the mistake I had made in my writing; but this time was different. Understanding that I am imperfect like the rest of the world has stopped me from unnecessarily suffering from caring about what others think. When I say "caring about what others think," I want to make it clear that this does not mean we do not consider the feelings of others or become okay with harming one another. But for example, we can be so judgemental of others that we forget we are all made up of the same flawed energy but battling different types of imperfections. When you experience someone acting belligerent in the local 7/11 market, before judging them, try to remember the time you've done something emotionally driven and weren't proud of once you looked back at it. Looking at others through a lens of compassion can quickly change that judgemental thought into an empathetic one. We're all battling something. Think someone's unattractive? Comprehend that you're also not everyone's type, and that's okay. Does someone fall? Help them up, don't laugh. Someone gives you the finger while driving?

Remember that you, too, are good at being imperfect and give that person the same grace you would like in return. If we all remembered that we're all flawed, it would bring out more compassion toward one another, inspiring more peace among us. Transparent imperfection invites others to become comfortable with their flaws; we want that. Being imperfect should not be used by others to point fingers at one another and make each other feel bad; instead, acknowledging our flaws should give us the insight we need to learn and make changes. Easier said