Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Imperfection is so charming!

Byron's portrait of me taking down the laundry.

Somewhere in my early thirties I realized, Really I don't have to please anyone but, God, family and myself. Even then I don't have to please myself or my family all of the time.

There are so many ladies who feel incredible pressure from pop culture (which they are inundated with daily through T.V.) and society to be talented, fit, beautiful, great moms and wives, and have a successful career, or they shouldn't feel happy or good about themselves. Huh??? O.K. Then I want my husband to be a doctor and a C.E.O. of a moderately sized corporation as well as have six pack abs and a full head of hair. Yeah right. He probably would be married to Miss Louisiana instead of me. (and a lot less happy!!)

I love to watch the terrible American Idol tryout videos on the Internet. One participant was really giving Simon a talking too about how she, "can too sang..wunderful" and he couldn't tell her otherwise. Simon told her, "What is wrong with walking out of here and knowing that you can't sing?"

Excuse me but, "What's wrong with me living my life knowing I'm not perfect?" When I realized that, life became a lot more beautiful. I love all the unconventional things I do. Imperfection is so charming.


Anonymous said...

Me too, me too. (I love the unconventional things you do!) :D
Joanna/ RawTn

Tiffany said...

I am SO glad your internet is fixed now. I love reading your insights. :)

Ginger said...

I stay away from anything called idol. I just can't forget the ten commandments. Anyway I can think of some really awsome people that I would like to learn from than those that try to please others. For instance our parents.

How's that for sap?

Kristi said...

You can learn from anything or anyone. Consider the saying: "If you can't be a good example, you'll have to serve as a horrible warning" Lucky for me I have some awsome parents!!! :D

JeanSkirtGirl said...

I love the pic! I think that's cool the way your famliy does the laundry!!

Egghead said...

Oh you struck a nerve for me. I agree whole heartedly and have come to realize that to please anyone else other than God really is a waste of energy. We are who we are and as long as we are decent and kind it is good.

La Gringa said...

You could also ask, "What is wrong with being happy with the way I sing?".

Good insights in your article. I have to say that since moving to Honduras, a third world country in Central America, I find so much of what is on American TV, including the commercials, sooooo....I don't know....vulgar, greedy, and self-centered.

The commercialism and having to keep up with the Jones always bothered me and I'll have to admit that I still see some of that here, but the hopelessly unattainable standards that are promoted by TV as the ideal are not good for America! They are also not good for all the other countries in the world where American TV is shown.

Oh, I'll quit here before I write a blog article on your blog! ;-)