“Striving for perfection” is a statement I strongly disagree with. Firstly, what even is perfect? (Having all the required or desired elements, absolute), AKA – there is no such thing.

We seem to be living in a world where people are trying to portray themselves in this way. Instagram and other forms of social media are abundant with posts where people are sharing their “perfect” lives. I believe this is beginning to cause more harm than good – especially for younger generations who are vulnerable and exposed to these sorts of images.

Now, I would be hypocritical if I tried to deny loving a post on the insta. However, I believe the posts I share are reflective of my life and of course I only share the best bits – that is why we must remember that social media is typically a highlight reel. Do not compare. Do not follow people who make you feel shit.

Forget Everyone Else, You do YOU

A common attribute people seem to have these days is to seek approval from others. When did we stop trusting ourselves? Why are we not listening to our own instincts? We need to value our own opinions.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge advocate of asking others for help, advice and just being open in general. However, there is a point where we have to take back the responsibility for ourselves.

Ultimately, we are in control of our lives. Other people’s opinions should not alter or deter the decisions we make. Live for you. Be you. Do you.

Take Back your Control

If you are reading this and resonate with it, perhaps there are things in your life that you want to achieve, but someone has said something that has lead you to be filled with doubt. Please bear in mind that you can take back your control over this.

Self belief goes a hell of a long way, no matter how big or small your goal. Take the responsibility for yourself.

I hope you are able to take something away from this post today. I was inspired by a number of conversations I have had recently and it made me realise we need to be striving to be our best selves. Here are a few things I would like you to remember:

  • Don’t let other people’s negativity stop you from achieving your goals
  • Take responsibility for your own actions, then you and only you can be held accountable
  • Mistakes are a way for us to grow – they teach us lots of important lessons
  • You are in control of your life, as are you with your social media use
  • Believe in yourself
  • There’s no time like the present
  • There is no such thing as perfection

Eloise Xx