|| Chasing Perfection ||

by Paper Lions

          What is perfection? Well, thanks to the Miriam Webster Dictionary, we can search and find a literal meaning of the word, which as you can see below, would be defined as:
1. the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.
But is perfection even attainable? Is it humanly possible to be void of all flaws or defects? There is so much pressure to be perfect, to find perfection, but is perfection even real? In the literal sense, yes. But how can one be certain that something has reached ultimate perfection? There is no way of knowing when something is completely “free of defects” of rid of “flaws” because everyone else has a different idea of what those things could be. No one person thinks the same way, there is no limit to perfection or how to achieve it, so why is there so much pressure to pursue it? 
          Let me explain something; there is an immense difference between doing and being the best you can, and being perfect. There is nothing wrong with striving to be the best you can be and aiming to do the best you can do. Actually, I would encourage it to the highest forms; however, chasing this idea of perfection is where we stoop from healthy competition (with ones self) to ultimately, crushing disappointment. Setting attainable goals bring joy and satisfaction upon achieving them, but aiming for this fictional belief of perfection, that can never actually be achieved, is where society goes wrong because perfection is a highly regarded illusion.

“Perfection’ is man’s ultimate illusion. It simply doesn’t exist in the universe…. If you are a perfectionist, you are guaranteed to be a loser in whatever you do.”

― David Burns

          Society impedes on the illusiveness of perfection every day. They depict their idea of what perfection is, and expect everyone else to follow suit. But that’s just plain wrong. The reason that perfection is just an illusion, springs from the fact that perfection is different for everyone. You may think something is void of flaws, but as another looks on, all they see if defect after defect, not perfection at all. There is no one definition of what this word is because each and every person has a different idea on what are flaws and what are not. No two people think the same. And that is the beauty of this world.
          But perfection in media is another thing. Young girls, and yes, believe it or not, even young boys, are becoming more and more susceptible to having a hard pressed image of perfection repeatedly, and unwillingly forced into their minds, and when they fall short of achieving this unrealistic standard, they face disappointment with themselves and with who they are, all the while losing confidence in who they are and the amazing and unique gifts and talents they have been given, just because they don’t fit into the typecast, impossible, airbrushed and excessively photoshopped mould media would have you believe is the definition of “perfect.” Well, I’m sorry, but I call bullshit. Just being she doesn’t have long brown hair, blue eyes with the perfection almond shape, long legs, a flat stomach, and toned butt, does not mean she isn’t beautiful. Just because he doesn’t have blonde hair, green eyes, tanned skin, a six pack, and strong legs, doesn’t mean he isn’t exactly as he should be. 
          What I’m saying is, everyone sees perfection differently, and everyone should celebrate what makes them unique instead of trying to blend in to what society has deemed “perfect,” because let me tell you, that is not real, that is not true and that is not right. Being the best version of yourself is all that matters. Perfect is not perfect. Everyone see’s you differently, so why change for one ideal, for one image of perfection? It’s not worth losing yourself over. 

“In this world, perfection is an illusion. Reagrdless of all those who utter the contrary, this is the reality. Obviously mediocre fools will forever lust for perfection and seek it out. However, what meaning is there in perfection? None. Not a bit. …After perfection there exists nothing higher. Not even room for creation which means there is no room for wisdom or talent either. Understand? To scientists like ourselves, perfection is despair.”

– Kurotsuchi Mayuri (Bleach 306)


          But this applies to more than just media’s views of beauty and perfection. This also transfers into other aspects of life such as school, work, sports, anything that is goal oriented. Grades do not define you, how fast you work does not reflect the effort you put in, how many goals you score doesn’t depict your athleticism, etc. As long as you are being the best version of yourself, you are as close to the illusion of perfection as anyone ever will be.


Keep being your beautiful self.