Less Perfect

Less Perfect

I am a recovering perfectionist.
Anyone else?
For nearly 20 years! I was a professional photographer.
Once a photographer, always a photographer.  
The will never stop seeing the way light hits things.
I will never stop seeing photos everywhere.
My mind constantly clicks moments even when I don’t have a camera.
While being excellent at photographing other people, I’ve not yet mastered the art of self portraits.
I’ve had ideas about how to create self portraits (I’m talking about more than a selfie).
I’ve wanted natural images of myself.
Full of depth and story and awesomeness.
Creating these of myself is not a naturally occurring process in the same way I photograph my Day in the Life clients.
It involves me setting up my camera, checking focal length, focus, composition
Checking all of it again and again to make sure it’s right
Clicking the shutter again and again until the image looks the way I imagined in my head.
This is a long process.
I get into wanting it all to be perfect
And so I give up on making these images.
This often happens for each of us in different facets of our lives
We don’t write the book because we don’t yet have it perfectly planned in our heads
Or maybe we start the book and we think it’s pretty good until we start going back through and reading it
We pronounce it crap and stop working on it all together
We’ve all done something similar.
Maybe not with a book but with something else.
What have you expected perfection from and given up when it wasn’t measuring up?
Or when you weren’t measuring up?
Perfectionism ideas about ourselves and our work rob us of what’s possible
Those thoughts steal our potential
They make everything a drudgery
Perfect work doesn’t help anyone
In fact, it hurts us.

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