Not Perfect, and Loving It!
by Annie Berryhill
It was a great weekend, but not because I came home with some hardware from a competition. Because of that competition, I really figured out how imperfect I am, and how the pursuit of perfection for most of my life has been a waste.
Come on, you know you have done it too. I saw a picture of myself from the event, and while I was in a position that would reflect proper form, there was a little squish of skin flopped over the waistband of my pants. I saw it, I was sad. But, really only sad for a moment. Because it was so much like a backhanded compliment to myself. Here I was, doing well, having a BLAST, giving it my all, and I was going to reduce it all to disappointment over a little stretchy skin. Geeesh…talk about crazy!
But it was in that moment I realized what I was doing, what I had done with many things for a long time …
that thing was the lame-ass pursuit of perfection
It was then, glaring and obvious that I realized I will never, ever have the perfect anything. Not my diet, not my training, not my mindset or even my body. Not my hair, my house, my car, my career, my marriage- NOTHING/NADA is or will be perfect!
Yipee! Yes, YIPEE!! I was so happy about this realization, I could cry right now just remembering the release I felt from it.
I can't perfect myself into anything, but I can do things that make me feel fullfilled, happy, strong, purposeful and beautiful.
I can embrace the wrinkles, rolls, freckles and physical imperfections. What I had always seen as "less than" make me UNIQUE.
I can throw away any thought of comparisons. No one is me, and I am no one else but me. I am special in the world as YOU are special in the world and there is enough room for all of our "special-ness". In fact, if you or I don't do the thing we were designed to do, the world is a lesser place. Sometimes our greatest shortcoming blesses the greatest amount of people!
Being Perfect drains me of time and energy that I could use for something TRULY important … that of course could be my family, my business, my God, my friends and enjoying the beautiful world that I have been placed in.
Be in the now, not the yesterday. We can't change it anyway, and somethings will always be a certain way, not matter how much we work or will them to be different. Accept who you are and BUILD on it! Dig deep to find love and appreciation for yourself in just the way you were made to be.
Clear away the crap of expectations, limitations, past failures and shortcomings and design a vision for your life that features you being fully YOU, warts and all without all the other stuff that tends to creep in and bring us down.
Get off the merry-go-round of negative thinking … JUMP OFF NOW!
Take good care of you! Rest, Laugh, Relax, Focus on your Passion, Love others deeply, Cry, Forgive, Dream and JUMP! The imperfect world is waiting for you and your imperfect self to come and be a part of it all!
Join me, won't you?
Anne (Annie) Berryhill is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, athlete and competitor who owns and operates OC Fitness Revival in Orange County, CA. Services include personal and group training, nutrition classes and counseling and she teaches people how to get the most out of what they've got.
(949) 280-3407 Anne@anneberryhill.com