“He and I should not in the least agree, of course, in our ideas of novels and heroines. Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked… “
Letter to Fanny Knight, March 23, 1817
Why do we strive so much for perfection? When in reality, people like quirky and lovable, not Stepford Women. Perfectionism is a wall that doesn’t let others in for fear they might see our faults. It’s a barrier to intimacy. Not to mention, it really isn’t any fun!