Sorting papers out, I found this little quote.
Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people and still, be good enough.
You can make mistakes, and still, be capable and talented.
You can let people down and still, be worthwhile and deserving of love.
Everyone has disappointed someone they care about.
Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes.
Not because we are inadequate or fundamentally inept, but because we are imperfect and fundamentally human.
Expecting anything different is setting yourself up to failure.”
I think we should remember this every single day. As we may try to be the best versions of ourselves, day in , day out, we still are as the quote says, fundamentally human and we are, at the end of the day prone to mess up, to disappoint, to make mistakes.
This should be taught to children, so they can embrace their humanity wholeheartedly, they can be perfectly imperfect, fundamentally human.
Also – lest we forget – we should teach masterly lessons on how important it is to recognise our imperfections and act upon them. So we can restore, once more the balancing scales until next time.
P.S. Dear Daniell Koepke, thank you for writing this. Whomever you are, wherever you are.