Here’s a semi-short one for a change.
I keep seeing things online about being good enough. Lists of ten reasons you are good enough or some incredibly motivational short piece of writing over some “inspirational” landscape photography. Heck, I like to think that some days I’m doing pretty well, but those things almost get me feeling “better” from an imaginary low. But I have a problem.
That problem? Those things are wrong. Dead wrong. I’m sorry to tell you, but no. No, you are not good enough. You will NEVER be good enough. I should hope to think being good enough wouldn’t even be the goal either. If I am to ever reach a point where I feel “good enough” then I would want to quit. Final save-game and log out, sell the game back to Gamestop for a fraction of the price I paid for it and get a new game. I did it. I’m good enough! There’s nowhere else to go. I’m bored.
No. I never want to be good enough. I want to strive to always be better. Heck, I’m always striving to be the BEST. I want to be the best and I believe I CAN be. Better than the rest. That’s my goal. But never good enough. Good enough implies two things to me. One: You made it to the top. Two: Meh, that’ll do. I never want either. I want to always improve.
That said, I understand what they are actually trying to say. That it’s not so bad. It’s trying to let people know they can survive. But I still find that depressing, really. So here’s my counter to that: No, you’re not good enough. You’re GREAT! And you’re only going to get better as long as you try. Life is hard and it sucks and it’s REALLY good at framing everything at just the wrong angles to make life look wrong and horrible when all it takes is a single side-step to see the full, amazing picture. You’re AMAZING. Not good enough. You’ll never be good enough. You ARE awesome and you WILL always get better! Just gotta keep going. Be the best you can be, which is to say, strive to be better than the you from yesterday. I never want my today me to be the same as my yesterday me. I want to grow. I want to increase. I want to learn more. Love greater. Feel more intensely. Etc. Etc. Etc. But I never want to be good enough, and I never can be. The me I am today is AWESOME! But I have a long, long way to go and that only makes me excited. Just because future me is going to be even MORE awesome doesn’t make present me any less awesome. And the same goes for you. You’re pretty great! So make it your goal to be even greater.