Practicing How To Be “Perfectly Imperfect” by Taylor Jackson
Blog written by Taylor Jackson, Community Marketing Extraordinaire & Yoga Instructor at The Body Image Boutique
I took a yoga class last week on a day that I was feeling particularly funky, maybe you could say, “unhinged”. I knew yoga would be a good option for me that morning, before the day proceeded ahead with my mind in the state that it was. One of the simplest things my teacher said in class was impactful. She said, “allow yourself to be you, perfectly imperfect.” I thought, “woah, that’s all I need to hear today.” It was doable, and it made a difference.
I am learning all about “perfection”. One something I have learned is that I have likely gone most of my life feeling that I need to qualify as highly capable or perfect in each category of it. Another something I have learned is that this idea of perfect it is merely impossible and completely unnecessary. Not to mention, undefinable.
What the heck is perfect? What is that?
One individual’s idea of perfect is completely different than another person’s anyway. To one person, “perfect” may mean wearing a tailored business suit and accomplishing five successful meetings in a day. To another, it could mean being an awesome mom while also teaching yoga and starting a new business. To another person, it could mean doing a flawless job at work, while also being a soccer coach to his kids and being an incredible cook.
Attempting to be “perfect” in whatever form I make that mean, feels like this to my body: rigid, unable to breathe, inflexible, fearful, and STRESSED.
Practicing being me, “perfectly imperfect”, (i.e. sometimes a little messy and full of emotions!) feels like this: I can breathe and everything is OKAY. I can do the best I can, I can do that. It feels like fresh air, and less pressure, and flexibility and fluidity. It feels like there are enough hours in the day and more space for authentic expression.
The more I practice being me, as I am, “perfectly imperfect.” The more I feel like me, authentically. It may seem silly to have to “practice” being myself. After all, aren’t I just myself all the time? But sometimes I can get a little lost in the daily obligations and pressures that come up and I forget to connect to my center.
If you are someone who encounters this from time to time, know that you are already whole. Already perfectly imperfect and loveable the way you are. Thank everything for flaws and quirks and imperfections, because they are truly the most beautiful thing about us! Let yourself live in the world that can sometimes be messy. Do the best you can. Some days, that isn’t so let’s say, “perfect” and usually doing the best YOU can and being who you are is much likely better than perfect anyway.