Every morning I have the horrible habit of checking every single social media network that I am a part of. Every single one.
Usually I start with Facebook. Then I make my way through Twitter, check out new YouTube videos, scroll through my dash on Tumblr for a bit, pin a few things on Pinterest... I know. It probably could be diagnosed as some kind of condition, but what can I say? Witty statuses make me chuckle, I get a kick out of drooling over pictures of perfectly catered Instagram-edited meals, and repinning all of those outfits I will never buy is one of my favorite pastimes.
But every once in awhile I stumble across a gem. And today, ladies (and gents)... I found one!
On my news feed I saw a link to a blog post written back in December by Seattle-based blogger Kathryn Thompson at Daring Young Mom. It’s entitled “Drops of Awesome”, and it basically talks about how we should be patting ourselves on the back when we do good things. We shouldn’t be letting our mistakes or worries cloud those happy moments where we actually do something right. She says it’s important to remember that “Every time you do something good, something kind, something productive, it’s a drop in your Bucket of Awesome. You don’t lose drops for every misstep. You can only build. You can only fill.”
So you might have already scarfed down a pie when you resolved to be healthy this year. You might have had a horrible fall semester that brought down your GPA a couple points. You might have burned the chocolate chip cookies meant for your Visiting Teachees. But does that mean all is lost?
No, not all is lost. Fact is, and I’m trying to restrain myself from rolling my eyes as I say this, no one is perfect. And since I know we've all heard that before, let me put it in another way that may seem a teensy bit gloomy and off-putting at first:
No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, your life will always be imperfect.
Yes. And that isn’t a bad thing. You have been blessed with a beautiful life chock-full of imperfections where nothing is going to go completely as planned, and isn’t that amazing? Being human means we’re blessed to make mistakes and to learn and grow from them and it’s just absolutely fantastic! That’s why it’s so important to remember to not beat ourselves up. I think that it’s so easy to forget sometimes that we are not asked to be perfect, because perfection in this life is impossible. We just have to try. We’re only asked to try.
So the way I figure it, even though I spend far too much time obsessing over social media sites, even though I’m not a straight A student, even though I’m not supermodel thin or able to parkour off buildings or to speak seventeen different languages, I still shouldn’t sell myself short. You know why? Because each time I limit my internet usage, go on a run, do a couple flips on the trampoline or practice my Spanish conjugations, it shows that I’m trying. And I’ll take a couple drops of awesome for doing just that.