Creating Space for Imperfection in a Culture Obsessed with Tracking And Optimizing

Atomic Essay, Find Your Own Way

Note: this post was originally written as an Atomic Essay as part of Ship 30 for 30 and posted on Twitter. I’ve copied the essay content here so it isn’t just lost in the endlessness of the Twitter feed. Enjoy!

I’ve got a confession to make.

My life is far from perfect.

I don’t have a 25-step morning routine that starts at 5am. I’m not in the best shape of my life. I don’t journal or meditate every day.

Some days I overthink, procrastinate, and have negative thoughts. I don’t call my parents every week.

I don’t track every step, breath, symptom, supplement, task, and interaction. And I definitely don’t have a 10-step plan to optimize them all.

I “fail” on the regular.

But do I consider my life fulfilling? 1000% yes.

Tracking and optimizing can be incredibly helpful, but we need to leave some space for being human and imperfect.

Humans are not robots 🤖

Setting impossible standards for yourself doesn’t accelerate your growth, it accelerates your path to burnout.

The bottom line?

It is entirely possible to create a meaningful life on your own terms, with your imperfect habits.

The important thing is to define what meaningful means to you and then keep moving in that direction.

It doesn’t matter if you take tiny steps or giant leaps. If you get off track, celebrate being human and then hop back on track. 🤩

See the original atomic essay on Twitter


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