Most Saturday’s, I enjoy sharing another author’s work. This week, I’m sharing a few paragraphs from Dr. Brene Brown’s book, “I Thought it was Just Me, But it Wasn’t.”
Here’s This Week’s SATURDAY SHARE:
You know that famous scene in the 1980s movie Flashdance, where the main character, Alex, glides across a studio, executing the perfect dance number?
It looks like an amazing performance by the actor, but, actually, this scene is the result of expert editing that cut together footage of a ballet dancer, a gymnast, a male breakdancer and, of course, actor Jennifer Beals’s face.
What does this tell us? What seems perfect isn’t.
We already know this, but it pays to remind ourselves because the appearance of perfection is harmful to our self-esteem.
Perfection makes you feel guilty
The need to emulate what we consider perfect makes it almost impossible to fulfill very human roles.
Take looking after an elderly parent. One woman named Chelsea doted on her ailing mother for two years before placing her in a home. When she did, she was overwhelmed by feelings of guilt and inadequacy because she was forced to admit that she couldn’t fulfill the “ideal” caregiver role.
So what can you do to avoid buying into the lie of perfection? Be the opposite: be vulnerable. Embrace your imperfections and your humanness. The more we all do this, the better it’ll be for everyone.
And as for Flashdance? Yep, it’s fine if you can’t dance like that.
Taken from: I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t), by Brené Brown.
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