01 Hitting Publish (Perfectionism)

For a moment I feel enlightened. I can feel the possibilities, they stretch beyond tomorrow. The possibilities are endless, but if only I can dedicate enough time to the journey.

Painted boat on the beach, Perfect.
Image by davidcmiller on Pixabay

What stops me –these unrelenting series of roadblocks, and maybe you can relate– is the inner voice saying “It isn’t pretty enough,” In all its helium pumped confidence, “it can use a touch up here, maybe remove that there, and while you’re at it… Ya know what? Just re-do the entire thing.”

I began by painting a boat, I’m left with a tree coated in Autumn leaves, surrounded by yellow snow. Yeah, it’s pretty (to someone), but I wanted to paint a boat, not a tree.

Or perhaps you prefer it the other way around. You begin with a tree, healthy leaves, and ripe fruit. But end up with an aged canoe, filled with buckets of bait, and twice the size of Texas.

So, What’s Taking So Long?

I read somewhere that perfectionism rarely begets perfection. And if it ever does, you’ll have ripped out all of your youthful hair out by the end. (Assuming you have a head of hair.)

You’ll be trading too much of your time just to get that last bit of dirt underneath your nail.

I’ve tried the outlines, the plotting, the deep breathing practices, and I’ve cleaned my room. Then, I scattered a pile of socks and button up long sleeves across the wooden floor, just to do it all over again.

I’ve tried to be organized, but none of it matters if at some point I can’t say, “Ok, that’s enough, the shirts are buttoned and hanged, the socks are folded, and the boat floats nicely on the blue canvas waves.”

So, here’s me saying it’s done, that’s it, I’m hitting publish and moving on to the next draft. Farewell. Remember to eat your veggies, never skip leg day, and above all, remember to put down the paintbrush.

…Once again, farewell.

Author: Jona

Jonathan is a Health and Wellness Content Writer. Devoting his time to increase exposure to the general public of the importance of living a healthier lifestyle, both inside and out. His primary goal is to enrich the lives of those he's fortunate enough to reach. Jona has more than five years of writing experience with a little over a decade spent on learning the fundamentals of health and wellness.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.