OPINION: You are not perfect, and that’s okay

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Being perfect is impossible. The reason why is because life gets in the way.

As people, we are so concerned about what society thinks of us that we forget to just relax. Between juggling school, work and extracurricular activities, we forget about ourselves. In order to keep that strength I know we all have, we need to take time for ourselves.

I know there are those times where we strive so hard to be perfect that we end up just losing our strength, passion and motivation. Trust me, I know — I’ve been there.

I allowed my perfectionist side to take over. I wanted my life to look absolutely perfect on the outside. However, in reality my life was far from perfect.

Every morning I would wake up and put on my makeup, do my hair and pick out a cute outfit. I looked like I had it all. I was very involved on campus between being in a sorority, having an amazing job and volunteering for organizations.

I looked like I was happy. However, I was not.

Honestly, I was struggling in school and with my social life. I tried so hard to do well in school that I spent way too much of my time overthinking and second-guessing myself.

Soon I began to distance myself from my social life. Trying to be perfect in all aspects became too much and I had to distance myself from something, so I decided to push away my social life. I thought, just maybe, the more distant I was from my friends, the less they would see my imperfections.

However, focusing on being perfect didn’t make me happy. It made me feel sad and alone.

As Kristen Butler said: “Be proud of who you are, and not ashamed of how someone sees you.”

Will I ever be perfect? No, because we are not meant to be perfect.

I am going to be real here, and you may not like what I am about to say. You are not perfect. There will always be someone who you think is better than you. There will always be someone who sees your flaws and imperfections.

But who cares what others think? Don’t let your perfectionist side take over your life. I did because I gave up fighting. Don’t give up fighting, because you are and will always be a warrior.

As Vivian Greene said: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Gabrielle Albertson is a junior in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

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