Perfection is Fiction - A #thoughtforthursday by Howell Illustration

Perfection is Fiction, a #thoughtforthursday by Howell Illustration

Last week this went up as part of my #thoughtforthursday on Instagram, so I thought I'd talk about it a little more here.

In his book Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig wrote 'Don't be a perfectionist. Humans are imperfect. Human work is imperfect. Be less robot, more human.'

I am a perfectionist, I suppose many of you may be too? It's hard for me to switch off the need to be perfect. But, I have to; my art needs me to. If I wanted perfection every time I started a piece nothing would ever get done - nothing would ever be discovered. I think that this is changing my neural pathways in an ongoing process I doubt will ever be finished, but which is helping me to be more self-aware, healthier, kinder to myself.

Perfection does not exist. Nothing is perfect. Perfection is fiction. Do not strive so hard for something that doesn't exist. Imperfection, on the other hand, is everywhere. Imperfection is fact. Imperfection is life. Perhaps we need to learn that imperfection, in all its uniqueness, is what we should want.

In his book, Matt Haig also writes 'be more imperfect, evolution happens through mistakes.'

That's something to think about.

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