I’m sorry I’m not Perfect …
At some point, we’ve all wished for a flawless body … smooth, toned skin, defined muscles, washboard abs.
In the 80’s it was Jane Fonda’s buns of steel (“Intense Target Toning!”)
More recently, think Scarlett Johansson or Chris Hemsworth in the Avengers …
Whoever it is, we’ve developed an idea of what a perfect body would look like, and modern media has certainly played a role in influencing that.
But, underneath that, we’ve also developed an idea of what this perfect body must FEEL like too.
We imagine that with the perfect body, we’d BOUND out of bed, bright and early, full of energy, going for a morning walk, cheerfully waving to all your neighbours like a powerwalking Mr Rogers.
Think about the confidence you might feel with no wrinkles, pimples, cellulite or unsightly body hair … you’d have a hard time tearing yourself away from the mirror!
And of course, should you ever let rip with a belch or a fart … the air would be scented with a delightful aroma of fresh-baked cupcakes.
The sun is always shining, the sky is always blue, your joints never ache, and your hair is perfect too. (A little Dr Seuss there)
Thanks to the relentless marketing of the diet and fitness industry, we’ve been inundated with images of hot babes and gorgeous hunks, with abs, buns, and tans.
We look at these people and think “They MUST have the PERFECT Diet, and workouts” … and so we’re sold the diets and workouts of celebrities (e.g. “Scarlett Johansson Avengers Diet”).
If it wasn’t for the paparazzi, we’d all think they pooped unicorn sprinkles and farted fairy dust …
It turns out, in real life, flawless doesn’t exist.
So, why do we chase “perfection”?
We imagine that if we were “perfect”, we’d never have to feel uncomfortable. Never have to feel awkward or ashamed.
In this ideal, we’d always be happy, because everything was perfect.
We’d also like the “perfect” diet too. That way, we can have the body we like, while never having to feel hungry and never feeling guilt, shame or regret from making a bad choice
While we’re at it, we’d like a “perfect” workout. Y’know, one that takes just a TEENSY bit of effort, maybe get your ‘glow’ on … but again, never feeling uncomfortable.
And with a “perfect” diet and workout? Voila, we can wake up with that “perfect” body and life we think exists out there somewhere.
Here’s the other side of that: For the whole time we CAN’T find that perfect diet or workout?
We have a cover story for our procrastination. “I don’t want to waste my time on something that won’t work, so I’ll just wait for the ‘perfect’ one to come along before I put in any effort.”
You’d be waiting for a long time. Your whole life, in fact. And all that time, you’d be missing out on actually LIVING your life.
Because, is life REALLY about perfection?
Or is it about making the best of the hand we’ve been dealt?
Waking up with a sense of purpose and meaning.
Because life isn’t really about the way you looked that one time in a photo. It’s about the person you’re becoming
And do you really want to look back and regret all the wasted time spent waiting for ‘perfection’ when you could have been living an imperfectly vibrant, healthy life?