365 Days of Courage #13: Anne Lamott on perfectionism ...
I've been talking a lot about death during the past couple of days of 365 Days of Courage. I don't want to be Debbie Downer but that is where we are all heading. For those of us at midlife, we are heading there sooner than we might want to imagine.
Rather than fighting that fact, I say EMBRACE IT!! Live with a sense of purpose and urgency and do your best work and live your best life while you can.
One of the biggest reasons that we don't get out there and do the things we really, really, really want to do is the quest for perfectionism. Until we can do something perfectly or until we know every single detail of what we want to do, we think it's better not to do it at all.
I love Anne Lamott's definition of perfectionism.
The older I get, the more I see the truth of this observation. I'm done with "running carefully" and and living in a state of perpetual preparation.
I'm done with looking at my feet. I'm going to "run" with sheer joy and abandon and have a lot more fun in my life. Are you with me?
If you haven't already read "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott, please do. It is page after page of brilliance. I will be talking more about this book during the next couple of weeks of 365 Days of Courage.