I don’t live in what can be considered a normal body. I have endometriosis, PCOS, Insulin Resistance and other chronic illnesses. I identify with my problems as much as my achievements. I am imperfect and happy to be so. When I saw Laura Page’s article called “The Flaws are Fine” I immediately felt in good company. What I love about the sentiment of The Flaws are Fine is that imperfection is not something we have to settle for – rather it’s something to be celebrated.
I saw a documentary once where Stephen Hawking described the universe as imperfect. He said that, had the matter in the universe been perfectly formed and uniformly spaced – that the universe would not have ever produced life. It was only the imperfections that allowed matter to grow to form stars, planets and eventually life.
I expect most people in a perfectly normal body would feel relieved to know that perfection will always be out of their grasp but I feel vindicated to know that I’m never going to be perfect. I can accept myself as I am and be delighted that I’m as perfect as I’m going to get.