A not very timely note

This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.

- G. Jan 2013

Saturday, April 11, 2009

"The Art of Perfection" by G.

Sorry for my recent absence; work, computer trouble, etc has kept me away from here for awhile. But I'm here now, so I hope you enjoy this small snippet of thought.

When I speak of perfection, I don't mean to be perfect overall. That would be ridiculous, and in my opinion it would make life utterly boring. Perfection is an art; a process you go through to master a skill or talent. Some of us strive for this; ache for it. Some look at it like it's some kind of disease; one that forces you to work endlessly after a goal that always seems to be just out of reach. But the best and brightest, they aren't born with it, no matter how easy they make it look. Maybe they have a affinity to something, sure. Some kind of aptitude, fine. But there is no bypassing the journey to get there. They practiced, practiced, practiced; gave all they could give until their skill was no longer a skill. Until their talent became easier than breathing. That's perfection. Because even if you don't make it to the mountain summit, the climb to the top has already transformed you, and no one can take that away from you.

We have a very unique ability to learn. But it dosen't just end there. Because we can refine what we learn. You can embrace a skill and talent as your own. People sometimes think that a hobby or skill is something that we simply hold in our brain. But the master of a craft knows better. He's made an almost spiritual connection to his talent. Because of this, he'll always be more skilled. Practice brings experience; experience you will never learn from a textbook. Everyone starts somewhere; all those celebrities on television, famous authors, heroes, and those who are simply damn good at what they do. But what worked for another person won't necessarily work for you. You have to find your own way to the top; a path unique to you.

This is perfection; the journey to connect with your talent until it becomes a part of you that is impossible to replace. So to all you aspiring writers, athletes, computer wizards, lawyers, doctors; hop to it.

Thanks for reading! Always like a good comment, so fire away.


Z said...

I agree with this. However some people seem to think perfection lies in other areas- beauty, physical prowess, or simply material possessions and wreck themselves.

It is important for people to really connect with their minds and hobbies, and we can do that to an extent in some places. Unfortunately the lack of social justice keeps people focusing on bare necessities rather than realizing their potential and well-being.

Billy Cook said...

Great post - I often look at imperfection as perfection. I think mistakes have beauty. They show vulnerability, humanity, and potentiality.

G. said...

Z: The idea of perfection has been warped by society, as pretty much everything is. But definitly, people need to connect with what they do if they really want to do it well.

Billy: Much Appreciated! Yep, the definition of perfection is relative to each person; it could mean something is flawless, or like your view, something that has a inner beauty that you feel is perfect. Thanks for dropping in!