Last month my son got sick and I thought I was helping him, but when I called the nurse hotline, she recommended the opposite of what I was doing. Aside from the fact that I’d be the worst doctor, that experience made me realize that parents aren’t perfect: we’re just trying our best.
I think imperfection can be hard to cope with because society tells us we have to be perfect. Buy this product to get the perfect body. Drink this drink to attract the perfect mate. With all those messages of perfection, it’s hard to believe humans are imperfect. We’re all just trying our best.
My wife and I try to embrace our imperfection. It’s our quirks that keep us interesting and human. It’s the imperfections in characters and the flaws in their plans that keep us turning pages in our favorite book.