Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Musing on Perfection: L'Wren Scott

OBSERVATION. Every day I fight the need for perfection. When I was a child, there was this pervasive belief that if I was just smarter, thinner, friendlier, or smiled more that things would be better. There wasn't a real end goal. I just wanted to feel happier and loved -- but I always came up short and nothing was ever good enough.
Picture credit: GoRunway/Indigital

I'm in my 30s now. I still push myself hard and failures in any aspect of my life take a huge toll, but I feel loved and cherished by my husband, friends, and family.  I don't need to be perfect.

However, reading a few articles on the death of L'Wren Scott, fashion designer, Amazon, and self-professed perfectionist, I see the end result of someone who couldn't stop striving for that goal -- and I'm taking full note of it.

I will continue to make mistakes and fall short of my own expectations, but I have to recognize that I'm still very good at what I do, I'm always striving to be a better mother and wife, and that it's good enough. My time on this planet is finite. Recognizing this limitation has made me let go of (some) of the stress of being a perfectionist. Every time I leave my desk in a slight disarray, it is a victory.

I'm okay flawed and imperfect. I'm good enough.

Read more about the fascinating L'Wren Scott:

Here: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/columns/lisa-armstrong/TMG10516178/Lessons-from-the-stylish-LWren-Scott.html

Here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/lwren-scott-dead_n_4979957.html

Here: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-03-30-chronicles-of-chic-lwren-scott-the-high-lifes-painful-paradox/#.U0T2RPldV8E

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