2. Second, I failed to live up to everyone else’s ideas of how they thought I should be.
3. Then I suffered.
4. Immediately I repeated the first three steps over and over again.
5. Then I discovered the cycle of striving and judgment not only caused great suffering, but also great boredom.
6. I took the step of getting to know myself as myself—imperfect and unfinished—but, it turns out, interesting.
7. Then I began to introduce my genuine, awkward, adorable self to others: they responded in many unforeseen ways.
8. Step number 8 (or was it 8000?): I realized I was still trying to make the event of myself different than I am (i.e. fighting with reality), I just used more sophisticated words and techniques.
9. I lost track of what step I was on.
10. I came across a great poem.
11. I looked at the pictures of trucks my sister sent me from Delhi.
12. I swam across the lake.
13. I lay on the floor.
14. I killed a chicken.
15. I realized if there was one thing left that could use some improving it was my “thinking.”
16. Then I got so caught up in this great book I’m reading I forgot the whole thing.
17. Finally, Leo Babauta told me I was perfect (and he’ll tell you too if you let him).
18. I wonder what is for dinner?
19. Perfect exists in the formless pre-manifest reality, but once it is pushed through the garlic press of life into form, it becomes something totally messy and sticky.
20. Even though I’ve lost all interest in perfect and imperfect alike, and who says what, and what thinks who, and what is next, and when is now, I joined the Perfect Protest anyway (because this is it), and because it looked like such good company.
Thanks to Marianne Elliot for telling me about the Perfect Protest, and to Juno Lamb for the photo of me last year on Halloween and the shoes, and to Janina Lamb for constructing a virtual sign for me to hold over my head, and to Rosy Lamb for the inspired title.
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