A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. ~John Henry Newman
"Who in their right mind spends so much time tediously and carefully folding fitted bed sheets?!" I thought. "Why in the world do I care so much that these darn fitted sheet edges line up so perfectly?!" "Am I going crazy?!" "Why in the world do I do this to myself?!" "What in the world is wrong with me?!" "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"
As I was folding my fitted bed sheets, I realized that there was something deeper going on. I was hiding my imperfections as a person in the ritual of folding laundry. I didn't want people to notice that it wasn't perfectly folded, but then again, it's a fitted sheet!! Hello!! That's when I started thinking about the other things in my life I am doing trying to hide my imperfections.
I noticed that in an attempt to hide some of the messiness of my life, I close the doors to the bedrooms when I don't have the time to clean them. I mean, why not, a closed door hides everything. I wear a hat when I don't want to style my hair. I wear extra-long socks to hide my unshaved legs! Hey! I know I'm not the only one...LOL! And then there is the makeup! Makeup helps me "cover up" my blemishes, spots, and things I don't want others to see. Now don't go judging just yet. In my opinion wearing makeup is fine, but I realized that in the past it had become one of the biggest "cover ups" in my life. I had become a-- COVER GIRL!
This one time in the past, I remember watching videos of people putting on makeup and I was surprised--shocked at what I saw! The transformations that took place before my eyes just blew me away! They looked like totally different people. I mean, "Do they mommas even know that's them!?" Underneath all of that makeup they are hiding themselves. That's when it really hit me, so am I. I too am covering up. I'm hiding behind the makeup all of the other "not so perfect" things in my life. But check this out. One day, one day I let my "covers" fall, looked at myself, and fell in love with my imperfections.
One day I fell in love, in love with me, and I was ok with the imperfections in my life. I finally realized that I'm fine, the imperfections in my life are normal, and that I should not be afraid to show them. Yes, I still wear makeup, but just as well I go without it many times throughout the week. Because now I wear it to enhance my natural beauty and not transform into someone else. I've learned to embrace my imperfections and found out that it's what makes me whom I am.
By trying to be perfect, we hide our true beauty from both ourselves and from the world. Our imperfections are what makes us unique and special in this world. Perfection is impossible. Nothing will ever be perfect. So why do we hide, cover up, and try to present the illusion as if we are?
In the attempt to make sure that every crease, fold, and wrinkle was perfectly managed, I came to the realization that this seemingly small daily ritual was one of many small ways in which I was trying to hide the reality that I'm not perfect, have many imperfections, and am spending way to much time hiding instead of just accepting and being the perfectly imperfect woman that I was created to be. Yeah...all this from the task of folding fitted bed sheets...LOL!!!
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