In nearly every “What not to do at an interview” article I’ve read it says NOT to say that being a perfectionist is your weakness. I get that, because majority of people aren’t perfectionists but claim to be to look good to potential employers.
My gripe with this? Being a perfectionist actually is my weakness.
Am I 100% perfect all the time? God no. Do I want to be? Hell yes. That, is my problem.
I once read somewhere (I think Tumblr?) that Perfectionists are actually the laziest people, because unless they can do it 100% perfect, they don’t want to do it at all. I completely agree with that. If I can’t do something to the fullest, I don’t even want to waste my time thinking about it.
Recently I’ve calmed down a lot and you can read about my latest changes to my lifestyle here, but before I was constantly coming up with bright ideas and chopping and changing when I realised I might not be able to do my idea to 100% perfection.
I made this cake for my mum as she loves photography. It was my first attempt at actually making something out of cake (Before I’d only made simple cakes and made things from fondant icing) and for a first attempt, it’s pretty good. So why did I spend ages crying over this cake?!
The answer is, it wasn’t perfect. It didn’t matter how many times my mum told me she loved it, or how many times my boyfriend told me it was great for a first time, it wasn’t the perfect camera cake. If you google Camera cake, there are some amazing ones and mine would never be one of those.
I think sometimes we are all too hard on ourselves- cake decorators, bloggers, make up artists, actors, dancers, singers… anyone. We are given these expectations that your life has to be perfect and everything you do, everything you touch has to turn to gold and that’s just not going to happen. For a first attempt, this cake is good. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to carve the cake, let alone ice it etc.
Sometimes, I think we all need to remember that being a perfectionist is a weakness but like every weakness it can be overcome and good things can come from it. Am I going to try this cake again? Damn right. Is it going to be better? Hell yeah. Am I going to cry if it’s not? Maybe, but hopefully not.
Any perfectionists sitting out there reading this and nodding along? Or do you think I’m a bit crazy? Let me know!