Perfection. From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, perfection is the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects. As far as I know, no one is perfect. From the blogging world, there is a lot of pressure for everyone to be perfect. Some pressures are more subtle than others. Like the pressure to have your makeup on point coming from beauty bloggers, or the pressure to be slim and trim from the countless bloggers who have the time and dedication to workout every single day, or the lack representation of colour, size, shape throughout the industry. These are all people that I love and look up to on a daily basis, but at the end of the day, it makes me feel like I’m lacking something: perfection.
Social media. One of the main things in this world perpetuates the notion of perfection. With the constant influx of curated, edited, meticulously picked feeds, it’s impossible to tell what is real or edited. There are so many Instagram feeds that I adore because I know what time, effort, and money people have put into creating that impression of perfection.
If only you all knew how many selfies I had to take before taking the one that I loved enough to post, the hours put into editing my latest Youtube videos, or the time I take editing each and every one of my Instagram photos and making sure my feed actually has a theme (2 photos without me, then one with me), then I think you would know that I’m not perfect. I’m a normal college student who has parts of her life that aren’t “Instagram worthy”. That or ones that I want to share with the world. My life isn’t perfect, in fact, it is actually far from it.
When I go to fashion week or travel across the globe “alone”, I have to worry about the little times when life isn’t perfect. In all honesty, is a lot of the time. I have to constantly take photos, make sure I look decent for the camera, or schedule my posts days or weeks in advance. All while maintaining a good record and attendance in my classes.
I’ve seen plenty of bloggers who graduated from law school or undergraduate degrees. I wonder, how do you manage to look so perfect while graduating with honors? That’s something so far off in the distance, I don’t even know if that’s a real idea. Now don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. Blogging, photography, travel, fashion, etc. These are the little bits of life that make my life enjoyable. As close to perfect as they may be. But underneath it all, I want everyone to know that I’m not perfect. I’m a normal person, with insecurities, pitfalls, and woes that make me imperfect. I do know, that my imperfections are what make me myself and have shaped me into a person that I’m proud to be. Even though I’m not perfect.
Perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In the blogging world, I’ll do my best to show more and more of the imperfections in my life.
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