This is the perfect breakfast, today was the perfect day, this person is absolutely perfect in every way!
What is perfection? The Cambridge online dictionary has three definitions for it.
- Complete and correct in every way, of the best possible type or without fault
- Used to emphasize a noun.
- Exactly right for someone or something.
In other words, being perfect means to be flawless and to be the absolute best.
So then, what goes into having a perfect life? Is it having a lot of money? Is it being surrounded by people who love you? Is it being busy doing things you love? What makes a perfect life? Is there even such a thing as a perfect life?
Well, the problem with perfection is that it is subjective, that is to say, my version of perfect will be very different from yours. It’s like how some people love chocolate ice cream but others would prefer butter-scotch or peppermint or pistachio.
Another problem is that we as people are always changing, so what we think of as perfect keeps changing too.
Even if we were to focus on one life from beginning to end, focused only on their own perspective, and try to measure their “perfection,” it wouldn’t work, because time will change that person and their version of perfection will keep changing too. For example, I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid, so traveling in outer space would be perfect for young me. But as I grew older, my desires changed and I wanted to become an animator, so drawing cartoons would be perfect for teenage me. Now I want to become a writer, so writing a book would be perfect for adult me. Will this change again in the future? I don’t know, it might, I don’t think it will, but it might.
So when you combine the fact that everyone’s version of perfection is different with the fact that their version of perfection is always changing in time, you get too many possibilities to the point where you might consider it impossible to ever attain perfection, for yourself or for other people.
Now let me be clear, when I say impossible to attain perfection. I am not saying you should not aim for perfection in certain things. I’m not discouraging you to look for a good thing or to make your work the best it can be, or to pursue a dream with all your heart and soul or anything like that. I’m just saying that I think perfection does not exist, because there is almost always something better out there, or something different to pursue. I don’t really like the idea that I can’t strive for more. If you’re satisfied with something that’s absolutely fine, but you can always find something else interesting to look into, now, or later.
So does the perfect life exist? Maybe, but there is always more to do and see, meaning you can always go even further.
Well that’s it for this post, I hope you liked it and I hope you have a good day ahead.