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April 15, 2021

"No one is perfect. That's why pencils have erasers."

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Let's dive into this though-provoking quote. “No one is perfect. That’s why pencils have erasers.” I love that, and I think it uses such a relatable example. For someone to have never made a mistake in their lie, that means they’ve never had to use an eraser. They never used the wrong word. They never wrote a little too sloppy and had to clean it up. They never read a sentence back to themselves, didn’t like it, and wrote it again.

The perfect person does not exist. Everyone has used an eraser, everyone makes mistakes, and no one is perfect.

If imperfection really is something we all share, then it should take some pressure off. We don’t need to hold ourselves to an expectation that isn’t attainable by anyone. In acknowledging this it opens us up to being more okay to experiment and try.

Relating this thought more specifically back to positivity, this means we can see the world through not so critical of a lens. When things aren’t where they need to be, we can understand why and appreciate the attempt. We can celebrate the process of imperfection instead of hiding behind the ideal of how things could be.  There is no exception to this reality as human beings. We can start to cultivate a collective identity around the trial and error process that moves us forward, but also see each other for who we are. That’s because, in everyone I’ve met and everyone I’ll ever meet, no one is perfect.

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