When you take a look at a piece of art whether it is a sculpture, a painting or a carefully designed dress, you will most likely spot some imperfections. Creation is a process and in that process there are inexplicable inspirations that together with the rest of the puzzle pieces make up a very interesting piece of work. The rawness and irregularity in a couture piece that could appear ugly if considered alone, seems beautiful and perfect in the ensemble. We are drawn to randomness and idiosyncrasies, especially when we know they were put there on purpose, with thought.
Why do we do that? Why are we so attracted by the jagged edges, distortions and odd shapes when we tell ourselves we seek perfection? I believe the answer is because we know that the truth is imperfect, but we are told to look for perfection and so we do.
With all of the messages coming our way from the media, our peers and general information, it is easy to get influenced, sidetracked or even convinced that everything we do and are has to be perfect. But no one reminds us that we are imperfect in nature and while being perfect is something we can strive to, it is not the end all when it comes to personal, social and business life.
It is ok to not get it right all the time, it is ok to make mistakes, it is ok to be imperfect. In fact, we should all be Imperfectionalists, be great at being imperfect. Now I am not saying you get to act with inconsideration, laziness or without putting your best self forward, but there is something to be said about accepting oneself for who we are and accepting what we create, giving us room for more growth and excellence to come in.
This is why some of the biggest European designers are so popular (Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood, Pucci, et al) they are ok with their imperfection and have put it out in the market place as a representation of a part of them without fear or worry of judgment or rejection. They are true to their calling and their work, and people flock to them to have a piece of that truth, of that acceptance of imperfection, as they too seek for it in themselves.
We are so busy being perfect, we forget to stop and smell the roses or pat ourselves on the back, or acknowledge someone for a job well done. When we seek perfection, we have to be careful, we just might miss out on the real gem that might be lying beneath it. Written by Micaela Passeri
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