Our Spin Cycle this week, much like the world, revolves around Perfection. I’d like to counter that perfection does not exist. Not in this world that we have now created anyway. I think that the idea of perfection is much like beauty. It lies in the eye of the beholder. What might seem perfect to you may seem highly imperfect to the next person.
I wrote a post not long ago titled Perfectly Imperfect. That is how I feel that anything anyone deems perfect would be. Perfectly Imperfect. Because you (they) are always reaching for perfection but can never quite attain it. You will always fall short of perfection no matter how hard you might try.
Danoah, over at Single Dad Laughing wrote a beautiful piece called The Disease Called Perfection. That was the post I wrote my Perfectly Imperfect in response to. If you haven’t read Dan’s original post on the subject, please, I urge you to go back and read it now. It was very powerful and captured the subject perfectly. Sorry. I couldn’t resist that one.
I also wrote a piece a few months back that was an open letter to Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt in which I spoke of how she had undergone 10 surgeries in ONE day in her quest for perfection. The sad thing is that I thought she looked much better before she subjected her body and her psyche to 10 unnecessary and superfluous, not to mention – DANGEROUS- medical procedures in one day. At the time she even mentioned how she was not only still unhappy with her size DD breasts but she wanted to make them bigger!
Can you imagine a barely 100 pound woman walking around (I think she’d actually be wobbling around) with larger than DD sized breasts? The poor thing would topple over! And the saddest part is that even though she did all that so that she could be perfect for her chauvinistic pig of a husband (even though she said it wasn’t – yeah, we believe that!) they still ended up separating. Now tell me…. Who didn’t see that one coming? Please raise your hand. Higher….HIGHER….Wait! I don’t see any hands raised! Really?? You ALL saw that one coming? Yeah, that’s pretty much what I thought.
Seriously, here was this really pretty (like all American girl next door pretty) girl who because of her own and the rest of the world’s obsession with perfection and beauty practically butchered her body to try to attain what she thought was perfection. Sadly it took that for her to realize she didn’t need to do that. I recently read an article on her in which she said that now she wishes she had never had any of it done and as far as she is concerned she will never undergo any kind of surgery again.
I, for one, feel it is a sad statement of our world’s obsession with beauty that this young woman would feel forced to do such a thing. And other young women starve themselves to obtain what they think is the perfect body. Many women have died undergoing surgeries in order to make themselves perfect. Truth is, no matter what we do to ourselves we will never reach perfection. As I stated…it doesn’t exist. It’s chasing a pipe dream and as soon as you achieve whatever goal you think is perfect, most likely, society will have moved on to its newest ideal of perfect and there you are, once again, imperfect.
I’m not saying people should not try to improve themselves or look after their health or anything like that. I’m just saying that we shouldn’t be obsessed with an idea of perfection and trying to attain it because perfection is an unrealistic perception. We should be happy to be perfectly imperfect.
What is your idea of perfection? Spin it up and head on over to Sprite’s Keeper and hook up so the rest of us can read about it.