When perfect is too perfect. Now wait, how is that possible? Usually we want, need, or expect perfection. It’s an earnest aspiration to have, and one worth working towards in most areas of our lives.
When it comes to the arts, though, perfection has two problems.
One: who is to decide what is perfect? We all have a different opinion of what we consider perfect, or at least judge to be impressive. So who’s right? I am, of course. So are you. Art is subjective and therefore perfection should not be the goal. Creative outlets can bring fulfillment in several ways, both personally and then for others, even when not deemed worthy by some standard. Be it painting, music, crafts, food, etc., no matter what our creative outlet, the possibilities are endless.
Two: So many never express their creative side, because in their mind, perfection is unattainable. On this point we should thank God! This leaves so much room for diversity, freedom of expression, and even pleasure for those that enjoy our form of art. Do you know how boring it would be if every landscape looked exactly like the picture or if every recipe was followed to the letter? It’s those who dare to be expressive, more than worrying about perfection, who color and flavor our world. Bear in mind, not everyone needs to think our creative expression is amazing. We simply need to find our niche and reach those who enjoy our style.
Yes, sometimes our attempts fail and end up in the garbage. Does that make us a failure? Not at all. Our response to failure has the ability to perfect us. Quitting shipwrecks the process of a creative and productive future. Trying again after disappointment brings success on more levels than merely completing a creative project; it builds character and improves skills with every attempt.
Some of our best inventions, masterpieces, etc. – right down to simple everyday things like a fun new recipe – are the result of people taking risks or daring to improve upon what already exists. I must be hungry, because the example that comes to mind is food. I’ve made some very tasty and impressive meals before, but then had the audacity to change some of the ingredients just for the fun of it. Sometimes it’s better and sometimes it’s not, but at the end of the day, I utilized my innovative personality. I don’t allow a flop to keep me from me trying something new on another day. The sad thing is that some of my best recipes will never be repeated in exactly the same way because I didn’t take the time to write them down. The next time I try to repeated a tasty dinner, it will not be exact, but these are the kinds of things that keep life interesting and eventful, even if not considered perfect by someone else’s standard.
Don’t let the need for perfection, or should I say, the need for approval, keep you from a happy and creative future. You never know what could come of it or the people you will meet and even some friendships that will ensue because you chose to use your talents.
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