Imperfections are Perfect

Imperfections are Perfect

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“You were born to be real not to be perfect. You are here to be you, not to live someone else’s life.”

-Ralph Marston

Imperfections or flaws or defects are an integral part of our life. Our imperfections can make us perfect if dealt with a positive attitude. However, our societal norms make us believe that imperfections are failures and make us judgmental. We start believing that with our imperfections we cannot fit in society and drag ourselves in a blind race of becoming perfect. We must understand no one is perfect.

Perfection is just a hypothesis that we have ingrained in our minds so deeply that sometimes we forget our true identity and become a slave of so-called perfectionism. Anyone who claims to be perfect is living with a myth and misses all the opportunities of continuous progress, growth, and true success. Our imperfections push us to greatness as there is always room for improvement. We always feel to do better if we are not good at something and it gives a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.

I would give an example. Being a researcher in material chemistry I always look for materials that have some imperfections or defects. But why? Because these defected materials are possessed with astonishing properties and make them highly demanding. In solid-state chemistry, we study different types of defects and how these defects provide uniqueness to these materials. The imperfections or defects can impart different color, strength, density, and sometimes a completely new structure to these materials. In catalysis, we purposefully design a catalyst with defects because such catalysts are more active for catalytic reactions than their pure counterparts. By applying pressure, temperature, and harsh conditions we generate imperfections in these catalysts to get better activity.

“Perfection is found in accepting your imperfections.” Bridgett Devoue

Even take the example of precious gold, a shiny and lustrous metal. We all love to decorate ourselves with beautiful gold jewelry but always forget that this precious metal also needs some imperfection to design beautiful ornaments. A 24-carat gold cannot be used for making ornaments due to its fragility. The addition of a small amount of copper in the pure gold provides it the desired strength to mold it into wearable jewelry. 

“Imperfection is a form of freedom.” Anh Ngo

All these examples show that our imperfections give us uniqueness and make everyone different. Imagine a world with all perfect people. How boring it would have been! These are imperfections which make our lives excited and thriving. An idea of perfection imposes reinforced standards that we cannot attain which gives us a feeling of discontentment and discouragement. Life would be much easier if we stop thinking about perfection and start embracing our imperfections because imperfection is real while perfection is not. We should strive for imperfection as it gives a zeal for betterment and completeness. In the end, I would like to say that accept your imperfections and live a life that is perfectly imperfect. 

“Your imperfections are marks of authenticity and that is the beauty of you.” Isaac Fowler


A Research Enthusiast with expertise in nanomaterials and catalysis. A Budding Writer and Nature Lover.


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