If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.
— G. K. Chesterton
As a child, I was perfect.
Or at least I thought I was. Teacher’s pet, good grades, a class-act writer. Oh yeah, I was good at everything I did and I stayed away from things I wasn’t good at.
That’s step 1: don’t do things you aren’t automatically good at.
Wait! Don’t leave. Keep reading.
If you felt that line was a load of bunk, you’re exactly right. It is. We need to do things that we aren’t good at. We have to start out badly.
There is no such thing as perfection. In fact, ‘perfect’ is a theory.
I remember watching an ice skating competition one time. The skater did a fantastic jump that I thought was perfect. The commentator had a different opinion. He started spouting off how the judges would make it down because it hadn’t been a good landing – apparently her leg wasn’t under her correctly. Nor had she gotten the proper height. Nor had her toes been pointed in the correct direction. To him, it was completely not perfect.
So perfection becomes subjective to each person based on their knowledge and life experience.
We don’t even want perfection, not really. Otherwise we’d never grown and change. We’d never get pushed out of our comfort zone to do something new. There would be no reason to leave our homes — we’d be perfect there. Why then go and explore the world around us? Why then try to make things that better people’s lives? Why then even live at all?
Living is an action, not a theory. These are our steps. Our journeys. Our stories. Let me ask you this: when you started reading this blog, did you like the hubris or the essense of the story behind my words?
Go out now and realize that life is your perfect adventure tale.