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“Perfection is often the enemy of greatness.” ~ Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae, the beautiful, extraordinary singer, songwriter, and entertainer, uttered the words above while accepting the Young, Gifted, and Black Award at this year’s Black Girls Rock! awards show. Monae’s powerful words are the just the source of inspiration many of us need as we move through this life.
On our quest to achieve our dreams, or simply on the quest to bettering ourselves, we often think we have to be perfect in everything we do. We virtually kill ourselves striving for perfection (or succumbing to perfection’s tainted appeal), when we don’t need to. When we realize we are fine just the way we are, greatness is a given. Greatness will ooze from our pores, because we’re honoring our authentic selves and simply letting it flow (just the way it was intended).
We don’t have to be something we’re not or play into an unrealistic fantasy of ourselves to move forward. Just be yourself. “Embrace what makes you unique,” Monae said, “even if it makes others uncomfortable.” Thank you Janelle Monae, for this, and thank you for sharing your light with the world!