Around the same time as I had this realization, I was listening to She Percolates, an awesome podcast by Jen and Danielle that talks about different ways people view success. Unfortunately I can't remember if it was Jen or Danielle that said it, but one of them pointed out that what we see on blogs and social media are someone else's highlight reel, not their real life. And then it hit me. It's okay not to be perfect.
Society today surrounds us with celebrities (in real life and online) that are showing off their highlight reels their social media. I'm not bashing that - celebrities are fun to follow, and I thoroughly enjoy checking out Taylor Swift's Instagram feed (no shame). But it's important to remember that what you're looking at isn't everything. We're not going to see anyone else's bad days the way we see our bad days, or even our friends' bad days. It's different.
So I'm trying to think about it differently. Instead of seeing a perfect picture and wishing I could do that. I'm looking at my own pictures as beautiful. Who cares if my photo doesn't have as many likes as anyone elses? Who cares if my life will never be "perfect" enough to work from home or freelance full time. I've got a lot going for me, and I'm happy with where I am. Sure, I've got goals that involve changing things, but not because I don't like where I'm at. Instead of wishing I were different, I'm going to start being proud of where I am, what I'm doing, and how I'm doing it.
Do you ever feel like you'll never be "as perfect" as someone else? How do you remind yourself that you're perfect the way you are?