I’ve always loved this definition of perfect. It comes from a speech in the movie “Friday Night Lights.”
Well it’s real simple: You got two more quarters and that’s it. Now most of you have been playin’ this game for ten years. And you got two more quarters and after that most of you will never play this game again as long as you live. Now, ya’ll have known me for awhile, and for a long time now you’ve been hearin’ me talk about being perfect. Well I want you to understand somethin’. To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends.
Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down, because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could. There wasn’t one more thing that you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment, as best you can, with clear eyes and love in your heart? With joy in your heart? If you can do that gentlemen, then you’re perfect.
In my eyes being perfect is about applying this exact speech but to yourself. Being perfect is being able to look yourself in the mirror at the end of each day knowing you did everything you could to make your life as good as it could possibly be. There wasn’t anything left that you could do. That’s being perfect.
Does this happen often?
Of course not. But it doesn’t have to. If you strive for this each day, you’ll go really far.