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: