Yet again, it is that dreaded day of the week. It is the one we all dislike more than any other day of the week. It’s the day we try to prolong from actually happening by staying up as late as possible on Sunday night… which usually ends up resulting in an even worse Monday! But here I am to bring you a little bit of sunshine to your Monday, in another edition of Motivational Mondays!
As a society, we are surrounded with so many visual pictures of how we would like our lives to look. Let’s just start with Pinterest. Yes, I know this has been a tool for so much success and inspiration for many (myself included). But what is it really showing us? It’s showing us that we should have perfect homes, perfect parties, perfect-looking desserts, and even more so… perfect bodies!
What is perfect? According to the dictionary, to be perfect is to be without defect or blemish. What exactly does that mean? And how is a life like that even possible? How is it possible to live up to all of those expectations that society has set up for us? How is one person able to live that perfect life?
Let me tell you about my not so perfect life as a healthy living blogger.
– I eat cookies on a daily basis
– I often drink a large amount of wine
– I sometimes go a few days without working out
– I usually only get 5 or so hours of sleep every night
– I sometimes have to resort to pizza nights or even Burger King Veggie Burgers!! eek!
– I let my dishes pile up in the sink
– I put artificial sweetener in my coffee (although I’m trying to look into healthier options)
– I really suck at keeping a neat and tidy home
– I spend 12+ hours a day on the computer
– I sometimes (rarely though!) will not leave my 1000 square foot apartment
Okay, enough about revealing my imperfections. I just wanted to share this with you because I want you to see that I live a life full of imperfections. I want you to see that I’m not trying to be something that I’m not. I’m not trying to be this perfect health nut. You know what I am? I’m REAL. I’m as real as they come. Yes, I know how to live a healthy life. And yes, for the most part, I do my best to achieve a healthy way of living. I am super happy with the way I live, even with those imperfections.
Because, in the end, I love how I feel when I drink a couple glasses of wine. I love the taste of my coffee. I love late nights. I love playing with my family and ignoring housework. And I truly love not sleeping in just an hour longer every so often, even if it means missing my workout.
It is 100% okay to not be perfect. You are not going to lose any life points. You are not going to be less of a person. But what you will be is a real human being with a real life.
So the next time you “slip up” and end up eating a few too many potato chips. Or you “accidentally” skip a meal. I want you to remember something. It is okay to not be perfect. You are just doing the best that you can. If you didn’t work out this morning, it is okay because this awesome thing happens in our lives, and we get to start all over tomorrow! Tomorrow is a brand new day. Every moment is a new moment where we can fix our slip-ups and make up for the things we are unhappy with.
I challenge you to accept your imperfections in your life. Those that you are incredibly unhappy with… change them. Those imperfections you are okay with… let them continue on and live your life as YOUR version of perfect!