Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Aiming For *erfect

I've noticed a little anti-perfect movement in the blogosphere over the past week.  There was the "perfect protest" on this blog last week, and for those of you who participate in the Shutter Sisters One Word Project, you may have noticed that the word for October is "imperfection."

All this talk of imperfection made me stop and think about the intense pressure we always put on ourselves to have the perfect job, be the perfect wife or the best mother, have the cutest dog, the best kids, the nicest house, the most beautiful blog, take gorgeous pictures, throw amazing dinner parties...the list is endless.  I am dizzy just thinking about it.  All this striving for perfection leaves little room in our lives for mistakes and a lot of room for the guilt we always lay on ourselves when we feel like we can't do it all..."perfectly".

I've seen this building in Brooklyn before but never had a good photo opp until today.  I love it because it reminds me that even perfect isn't perfect all the time.  And that's OK.

Don't ask me how many clicks of the shutter from different angles it took me
 until I thought I had the "perfect" shot.  Argh!  When will I learn to listen to my own advice?!

I hope this photo helps you to let go a little and maybe, aim for *erfect instead of perfect next time.  Hey if it's good enough for perfect, maybe it's good enough for you too!


26 comments:

Krystal said...

this is such a "perfect" picture for this topic! Funny...I was just stressing about not being very perfect today :)

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm liking it!

Jamie said...

Frankly at this point I'm just aiming for fect - forget the per.

R Montalban said...

Nice entry

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

This is great. Made think about my kids observation that they have never seen a Firestone Tire Store sign with all the letters lit up. :)

hydra-star said...

I love that shot! So funny. Perfection is unreachable. Which is probably why we're all still trying to reach for it. =)

Buckeroomama said...

It's so liberating not being perfect. Great post! =)

Andrea said...

I love the picture and I think this is great advice!

Gilding Lilies said...

That is the erfect shot for that prompt! Well done

maureen said...

that is the 'perfect' shot for this post. i love that you found that.
thank you for the reminder that's it's indeed okay to not be perfect.
♥ maureen

L. D. Burgus said...

Sometimes the capture just has to be what it is. I don't always have time to check to see the perfect background or the darn camera refused to focus it correctly but got it close enough that the effect of the colors and shapes are just good enouff.

justine said...

what a great capture!

Life with Kaishon said...

I didn't notice the theme but I have long been a supporter of that! I don't always put just perfect pictures on my blog. Mistakes happen. I LOVE some of my mistake pictures. Love. Sometimes a perfect picture is a photoshopped work of art, and sometimes a perfect picture is a picture that captured a moment in time. It might be slightly out of focus etc. but it is still perfect. This post was perfect though : )

Life is not perfect. Ever : )

Virginia said...

Great post! Great photo too.

I've been battling with my perfectionist tendencies also. Sigh.

Clare B said...

Great picture. I'm still learning to just say "this is okay" - the 25th/50th... is rarely the picture I choose as the best anyway.

blue elephant photography said...

haha that's so cool!

Dorian Susan said...

Great post. Thanks for making me re-think things again. I keep being told I'm a perfectionist even tho' I don't think of myself in those terms. Who decides what is "good enough" other than us?
Love your photo-great colors and the sense of playfulness in the incomplete "erfect".
Thank you for sharing.

brandy-son Zen master flash said...

Letting go of the pressure is very free-ing! It's hard to do that sometimes. I totally love all that you said and what a great shot!

Miss Becky said...

yes, it's liberating. I like it.
I'm honored that you would stop by and comment on my photos as I don't believe I'm even in your league! just looking at what you do inspires me to be better. thanks so much.

Anika said...

HA! Great post. Very well put...

krissilugbill said...

really like this post and the photo you chose for it! it makes me take a deep breathe and feel okay about all my imperfections, and there are a lot :) thanks for this

Monica said...

great post and great shot. love the urban landscape.

Wendy said...

I'm definitely aiming for 'erfect from now on!

joan said...

So true! No one can be perfect. The older I get, the more relaxed I am about it.

Stephanie said...

Oh dear....this made me laugh! Def aiming for 'erfect!

lucy said...

awesomeness!