Forget measuring up to others, work for yourself

As the semester draws to an end, it seems as if students stress out over every little thing. From homework grade to problems with roommates, it seems like we can find imperfections in everything, while wanting perfection.

Shouldn’t imperfections be OK, though? I realize that we all want to do our best, but at the end of the day we are human and will never be perfect.

I once was told that “imperfections are beauty.” I realize that many may see them as something completely different, but I see them as the building block that makes us who we are. Without them we would all be living the same, boring life. In the word itself it says, “I’m perfect.” While I do not take it literally, I see it that I am perfect the way I am, with all my flaws and everything.

We all have pressure coming from different avenues in life. However, most of us will never be able to live up to the standards that people expect out of us. Shouldn’t that be OK, though? I believe that we should be the ones aiming for our own goals and shouldn’t live our lives trying to please others. Yes, it is good to make others happy, but it is not worth giving up one’s own happiness over.

As a big test approaches, you may feel the need to cheat to get a higher grade, but all you are doing is cheating yourself. I have been in the situation before, but I think to myself, is it worth it? It isn’t. I need to learn for myself, to better my future. I may never get a 100 like my classmates across the room, but that is OK because I am doing the best that I can do.

So while pressure may be building up to get a perfect score or be the best roommate in the world, just relax and be the best you can be. At the end of the day, it is up to you to make yourself happy and smile, and we should never let others try and dictate our lives. Like Bruno Mars would say, “You are amazing just the way you are.”

Meghan Mitchell is a junior journalism major from Snellville, Ga. She is a sports writer for the Lariat.