Go Big or Go Home?

August 7 2010

I saw this bumper sticker in a car and it conjured up many bad memories. I used to live my life by this mantra. No, I mean LIVE MY LIFE. If it wasn't going to be done 150,000,000 percent, then don't do it at all. Isn't that what it means to "Go Big or Go Home"? If you read my blog you know I sometimes write about a nasty thing called Perfectionism. I've struggled with this for years. It's ugly, I hate it, but I've actually come a long way. Perfectionism is black and white. In someone's life who deals with this, everything is or isn't. There's no "in-between". No gray area.

When someone concentrates so hard on looking good, at being the absolute best at any cost, are they really living their life authentically? Are they even living their own life? I didn't even know what "living authentically" meant until I became somewhat comfortable living in the grey.  Years of "go big or go home" had worn on me, and I had no idea who I was, what I wanted, and who I wanted to become. Was it easy to let it all go? Shit, NO! It's still not sometimes. I still have moments of "Oh no, I'm going to look like a complete F***ing idiot if I do this or say that". It's slowly becoming easier to be okay with the fact that some people might think I'm an F***ing idiot. And on a good day I might even take that as a compliment.

I truly believe that living a life this way, can be crippling. I avoided something because in mind if I couldn't do it perfectly, it wasn't worth doing.

3 comments:

Pooja said...

well said da

Arthi said...

Nice!

Arthi said...

Nice!