I am not perfect

October 4, 2010

I am not curvy
or lady-like
in physical appearance
or mannerisms.

I am ambitious
and have a strong
sense of self-worth.

I snore
I hate shopping
I don’t like socializing.

I hate doing the
and the dishes
and am no
fan of keeping
things organized

I like hanging out
with the guys
And can argue
Until the moon
goes to bed.

I am judgmental
and opinionated
and you’ve heard
me fart.

I am obsessed
with planning
and usually have
a Plan C and D
ready in case
A and B fail.

perfect1 I am not perfectI prefer my space
and want you
to have yours.

I nag at times
and complain
that you give away
“my” unused things
to those who
need ‘em.

I am selfish
and clingy
sometimes both at
the same time.

I don’t like
sharing you
with anyone …
not even your mom.

I am not patient
or wise
and I’m a
sore loser.

I keep grudges
and it’s hard for
me to let go
even when I know
I should.

I am strongly opinionated
and will not
take advantage of
the perks that come
with “being a woman.”

I am self-critical
and confused
about where I want to be
and what I want to do.

I lie at times
when I think it’s
the reasonable thing to do
but also sometimes
because it’s easier.

I dig my nose
and my ears
and will not wax
my armpits until
I absolutely have to.

I make excuses
for little things
when I don’t need to
but still have the
urge to.

I recognize
all my “flaws”
and know that
perfection is but
a myth
a mirage
a non-attainable

It doesn’t mean
I don’t try to
become a
better person,
more tolerant
less critical
more accepting
less disparaging.

It doesn’t mean
I don’t strive
to improve
upon my shortcomings.

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All it means
is recognizing
that perfection
isn’t a standard
by which to judge
ourselves or fellow
human beings.

I am not perfect.

But my imperfections
make me the
unique person
I am.

They make me
the real me
not the person
I want to be
or pretend to be
but the person I am.

I am not perfect.

Are you?

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Written in support of The Disease Called “Perfection” by Single Dad Laughing.
An adapted version also published on Desicritics.

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20 Responses to I am not perfect

  1. JenniferNo Gravatar on October 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Great job. I love this. Love it, love it, love it. The more we accept ourselves for who we really are, the more other people will as well.

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      And I loved yours, Jennifer. It’s cathartic to acknowledge one’s “reality” once in a while.

  2. PatNo Gravatar on October 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Ewwww . . . you dig your nose????? Really? LOL Good poem. You just said what I think every woman feels, but won’t admit!

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

      Eww is right, Pat. When everyone does it, why not just come out and saw we do? And that it’s ok….? :-)
      Thanks for the vote of confidence, my friend.

  3. Shachi ThakkarNo Gravatar on October 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I see self-confidence oozing out of this….way to go! Loved the poem!

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      :-) Thanks, Shachi. 10 mintes of typing … a lifetime of soul-cleansing.

  4. Katie GatesNo Gravatar on October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Besides… being perfect would suck!

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      It sure would, Katie! Our imperfection is what makes us human … it defines our spirit and our being. Thanks for your lovely two cents’.

  5. kiranNo Gravatar on October 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    You are a genuine person. So great going.Adore you,Love you.

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you, Ma. You taught me that pretense never helped anyone and I’ve tried to remain true to myself and others. Most days it works. :-)

  6. MarikaNo Gravatar on October 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Lovely post!
    I am NOT perfect…but I’d love to be.

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks, Marika. I don’t think anyone is perfect … perfection is such a difficult and subjective thing to handle. We can only be the best we can be and I firmly believe that more than anything else, being a good human being with no malice in our hearts for others is really the key to being “perfect.”

  7. NandhiniNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Perfect harmony between thoughts, words and deeds! That’s what comes to my mind reading this. Many a time, I’ve felt it’s the disconnection between these three things which create all those fears, guilts, anger, complexes, hatred of ourselves. perfect thinking :) Happy writing!

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks, Nandhini, for visiting and taking the time to comment. Appreciate it.

  8. Tina OwenNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Love it!!!!

    • Mansi BhatiaNo Gravatar on October 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Don’tcha? :-)

  9. umapoemsNo Gravatar on October 6, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Beautifully written!Loved your poem!

    • MansiNo Gravatar on October 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Uma.

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  11. payalNo Gravatar on May 15, 2012 at 3:57 am

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