“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden


Japanese translation: miko

This weekend, I’ll be taking my last course for this school year.  I had aimed for 40-50 credits this year, but I’ll be landing at 39 credits.  I’m slightly short of my goal, but if I take into mind that I have started 2 new jobs within the year while studying, I think I’ve done a good job.  When I was in my twenties, my colleagues told me this.  “You know, even if you make a mistake, the worst that can happen is that you’ll get a scolding.  No one’s going to stab you…”  Although I knew this was true, I didn’t have the self confidence to believe that people would accept me for who I am – someone who makes mistakes here and there.  I call this the older sibling complex (haha).  When you have a younger sibling who is constantly trying to get attention, we often strategize to gain attention by being the “better sibling.”  Thus, like Pavlov’s dog, I unintentionally ended up training myself to feel that I am rewarded only when I am “perfect.”  But now that I have more experience, I’ve come to realize that if we try to place the concepts of “good” “better” “best” and “perfect” on the same line, “perfect” would probably be somewhere out in space, while “good” “better” and “best” will be in a straight line.  “Perfect” doesn’t exist, and it’s not something that can be compared to “good.”  “Good” is good enoughPacing yourself to continue doing “good (well)” will take you where you want to go.  You win some, and lose some; and it’s ok.



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