I spent much of my adult life just striving to survive.  I pretty good at surviving, but then I realized that life has to be about more than that. So I began striving to become my authentic self, the person that most reflects what I believe to be true and important. 

I don't strive for perfection, I know that it is not attainable in this lifetime.  I know that I am human and won't always make the right choices. I don't really strive for excellence either, because that's such a subjective term. Rather I strive to make a true effort to do the very best I can. When I go to sleep at night I want to be able to say that I really tried. When I fall short I feel bad, but that's a reminder to me that that I still have room to improve and grow.

Each year I find myself become a little more comfortable in my skin, more authentic, more in harmony with my beliefs. Hopefully, by the time I'm a truly old lady I'll be pretty decent company in the nursing home. :-)
I'm joining Patricia for In Other Words
where this week's writing prompt
is the following quotation by Harriet Braiker:
"Striving for excellence motivates you, striving for perfection demoralizes you."


  1. Great thoughts! It is hard to be our authentic self, the world pushes us to be what the popular beliefs are at any given time and those change often and rapidly. You have a wonderful outlook on life and without a doubt you will be the most sought out truly old lady in the nursing home! Thanks for sharing with In Other Words.

  2. Thank you! I was happy that I was able to participate in "In Other Words" this time. Your choice of quotes made it easy. I try really hard not to pay attention to what other people say I should be or do, rather trying to focus on what The Good Book says to be and do, and what I know is right in my heart. I am a far cry from perfect, and I'm still ok with me. I know how far I've come to get here!

  3. You've captured a lot of why i always try to do and be the best i can be. Perfectionism just paralyzes me.


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