I was driving down to meet my husband to do some shopping after he got off work the other day, and I was listening to Make It Happen by Lara Casey and I had some thoughts.
We aren’t in this life to be perfect. Social media and Pinterest and TV and all that crap make it seem like there is this impossible standard that we need to hold ourselves up to, but that’s not the way to happiness. Chasing perfect will never ever make us happy.
I’m way happier now than I have been in a long time and I can tell you that my house still has piles of laundry all over. I still rarely do Pinterest crafts and finish even fewer. For a long time I felt like I needed to do things like that to be a good woman, a good wife, and a good mom. But that stuff isn’t ME. It doesn’t make me happy. It doesn’t bring peace to my life.
Since coming to that realization, I feel so much more at peace with myself. I do NOT have to be a Pinterest mom. I don’t have to have it all put together. NOBODY does. No one expects me to have everything put together, why should I expect it of myself?
Don’t get me wrong, I still get nervous around people I don’t know and I still avoid phone calls at all cost. I don’t put on makeup most days or do my hair. Seriously, I’m so far from perfect it’s not even funny.
But I feel like I have purpose, and it has nothing to do with Pinterest. I have found joy in being a mother and in helping others find that joy. I have a platform to share my beliefs and support people through trials in their lives. Striving for perfection will never ever ever in a million years lead me to happiness.
I’m not chasing a perfect body or perfect kids or a clean house. I was created for a purpose, not for perfection, and that mindset is what helps me find happiness each day.Share