Nobody is perfect that's why pencils have erasers
When I came across this quotation, I instantly connected with it and wanted to contribute my personal opinion to it. Perfection is misunderstood so much in our society that everyone is under its pressure. You may be wise enough to accept the fact that nothing is perfect but it takes time for your peers to accept you. Until then, be brave and keep fighting and not to forget keep moving ahead. How do you look at this quote ‘ Nobody is perfect that’s why pencils have erasers ‘?
Life shows many experiences that Nobody is Perfect
As a child, we erase a particular word or diagram a thousand times simply because it doesn’t look good. But a child doesn’t even care to make it perfect but the best he/she can. While growing up, we learn the societal pressures to be perfect. Now we keep erasing it until it’s perfect. Finally, the page tears but perfection doesn’t come because perfection in non existent.
This reminds me of a childhood incident. I was 5-6 years old and have always been my mom’s chipku. My Maths work was pending. There were boxes coloured in orange and I had to fill numbers. I wrote once but the digit was not looking good so I erased and wrote again. My mom was out so I kept on erasing until that spot faded and was finally torn out. When my mother came, I cried a lot telling her the whole story. She caressed me, took pencil from my hand and wrote the number sightly out of the box. She glued the torn out space and my book looked good. Was that so simple or my mom made it look like it?
There’s always a mentor in your life who teaches you to achieve simple pleasures of life. My mother is that person for me. She explained to me at every phase of life that perfection is a bubble that breaks as soon as you think you are close to it.
Another interesting life incident
Carrying forward from here, I mentored my little brother during his growing years. I am seven years elder to him so I always have a bag full of lessons to teach him and he was so cute to obediently listen to me. One evening, he got up from his afternoon nap and started crying. When I asked, he says he had got so much HW and by the time he will finish, it would be night. He will not be able to go out and play. Remember, the 90’s kids used to go out and play in the streets with colony kids? It was a ritual in those times which was much more important than having meals or watching TV. So coming back to my brother’s concern, I calmly said, “It will finish in no time, you just start.” He finished within half an hour and we both were on the streets with our friends.
Break down perfection
Often stress occupies our mind because we expect perfection in everything. There are a few ways in which you can crack down the term perfection.
- Accept that there is nothing called Perfect. It is ok to enjoy being yourself.
- You know from the inside of your heart that it is not necessary to be perfect but you expect someone else to say it for you. It relaxes you.
- Just be calm when stress tries to conquer you because of deadlines. We all are human and it’s fine if we carry things on to the next day. Life will not finish.
- Let down your ego and start helping others. In the race of perfection, often we find ourselves alone. We greed for a human company in the age of gadgets.
So how do you manage to be non perfect and still enjoy life? It is important to burst the myth of perfection and accept yourself as you are!