Art and Perfectionism

Photography is so good for my soul---because it is an art---art rejects perfection entirely. It is a construct that does not even exist in the world of art. I, on the other hand, naturally function out of a constant desire to achieve perfection. My biggest passion goes completely against my natural state of living, and that is why it is so good for my soul. I need an escape from myself. No matter how I try to obtain perfection in this art, I can’t. Photography gives me permission, urges me to, requires me even, to lean into growth, lean into being ok that there is always going to be room for improvement. If I want to thrive in this pursuit, I have to let go---run away from the monster of perfectionism, and run towards authenticity and freedom in being satisfied with my efforts and strides, even though there I will always be room for “more”. It's teaching me that I am enough; right where I am today is enough. And tomorrow I'll wake up, move forward, always taking steps in the direction I want to go. Choosing to celebrate the my victories, big and small, I will continue to choose the journey over the end result. What I have to offer today is valuable, despite society’s whispers telling me to be more, to be less, to be this and that; to be perfect.

 

Don’t let the lie of perfection shut you up, become paralyzed, or keep you from pursuing your passions. What you have to offer today, right now, in this moment, is invaluable—imperfections and all. Put it all out on the line, heck, even cross the line. Carry on confidently, and lean into the refining process with zeal. 

Love yourself, love others, and learn to love the pursuit,

Marissa