Letting Go of Perfection

I have a longing…a need…a desire to connect with myself. To care and love me.

I have this same need to connect with others. Remembering you are human and meeting you where you’re at.

And, just the same…with nature. Being outdoors, remembering how I would not be alive without these forces at play, and realizing how a flower growing in soil is leading me by example…teaching a natural recipe on how to live and love.

To connect, I need to be present, warm, and vulnerable.

Present…is when I am consistently staying stride for stride with this moment.

Vulnerable…is when I am consistently staying in my place, humble, where I am truly at in life, and just bravely honest within the context.

Warm…is when I am consistently empathetic, compassionate, and nurturing.

I cannot be present without being vulnerable and warm.

I cannot be vulnerable without being present and warm.

I cannot be warm without being present and vulnerable.

It would be nearly impossible to have one without the others.

So, I begin my journey to let go of perfection, control, the past, the future, mindless distractions, social trauma, doubt, bullying, shaming, objectifying, dehumanizing, lying, rushing, faking, and hating.

I begin my patient, attainable, and imperfect journey to find more and more of what it takes to connect…to be present…to be vulnerable…and to be warm. With me…with you…with the world.

“Back Home” by Nymano x Pandrezz

About Kevin Carlstead

I graduated as a hospitality and psychology student at University of Denver. I spent most of my teenage and young adult years in the hospitality industry. I am still searching for what industry suits my personality and talents so that I can feel more meaning throughout my days. My current career pursuit has me enrolled in a graduate program to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. I love music with something to it. I love life with something to it. I have made it one of my purposes in this life to integrate both of these things that I love. This blog and my own songwriting has given me the platforms to do that very thing. Thank you for reading.
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1 Response to Letting Go of Perfection

  1. Eugenie Carlstead says:

    This is very inspiring Kevin. Thank you. We do have so much to learn from each other, nature, and ourselves. We have the limited and precious gift of attention and that is where I chose to bring mine to as well. We can all uplift and celebrate each other: our uniqueness and our connection as humans.

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