Perfection is an interesting morsel from Karen Lin that takes us inside the pressures of growing up to be "Perfect".
It seems a lot of people grasp at the idea of hitting every mark, every note, but no one thinks of the toll it can take on the mind, soul and body.
We watched Karen's six minute short and this is what we think about...
And So It Starts..From The Beginning
As a child, most of us grow up with a list of expectations hung over our heads that makes us either clamor to achieve or fall in utter failure.
The child in this film which has no character name can be seen at various stages of her life trying to fit into her mother's idea of perfect.
She's been trying to accomplish this impossible feat since she was old enough to crawl and now her time is finally here.
But what exactly is perfect?
Perfect by definition is having no flaws or mistakes. So that means if one is to be perfect, they can't be human. They are not allowed to feel, nor take risk, because any mistake they made would be less than perfect and that's just not acceptable.
So if you've got a few minutes and want to see a conversation starter, click the movie below.
But When Does It End?
What? Being perfect. It doesn't end, it's never over.
To set out to become perfect is a losing journey. There will always be more to learn and besides, one doesn't control the elements. The best anyone can hope for is to do their best every chance they get.
This is the reason why putting that kind of pressure on a child sets them up for serious psychological issues later in life. Problems with drugs, alcohol and self-esteem can easily creep in and disrupt, if one has never learned to cope with failure.
Mistakes are our building blocks, the things we learn from. Without mistakes it would be difficult for anyone to endure even the slightest of hardships that we often find in our daily lives.
But, what do you think?