6.11.2007

Being perfect

"Someday, sometime, you will be sitting somewhere. A berm overlooking a pond in Vermont. The lip of the Grand Canyon at sunset. A seat on the subway. And something bad will have happened: You will have lost someone you loved, or failed at something at which you badly wanted to succeed. And sitting there, you will fall into the center of yourself. You will look for some core to sustain you. And if you have been perfect all your life and have managed to meet all the expectations of your family, your friends, your community, your society, chances are excellent that there will be a black hole where that core ought to be."

--Anna Quindlen, Being Perfect (by way of Courtney Martin's Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like this...

Cate Bush said...

I thought this was really powerful and beautifully written. One more reason to fight the perfectionistic tendencies ...

C