Anne Lamott, in her book on creativity Bird by Bird, writes, "Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life . . . Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend." Today, notice where perfectionism may be making your life smaller.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.