“I’m only human!” An expression used loosely to excuse minor mistakes that we’ve made. Personally, I think this expression goes way, way, way, deeper than just our minor flaws. I believe that every single mistake we make, big or small, is what makes us perfect. Our ability to learn from our mistakes proves that.
Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed, I’ve simply found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I urge everyone who reads this to not be afraid of taking a chance. Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid to never try. The fear of the unknown binds us all, and the only way to break free from those shackles is to try, to fall, and get your ass back up! Your mistakes are there to help you and your setbacks will only make you stronger. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to deal with a difficult one.” RIP Bruce Lee.
I think we as individuals are only half of what we can be. No matter how strong, fast, athletic, or smart you are you will never realize your full potential, not alone. We need other people in our lives (friends, family, teachers, coaches, significant others, etc etc) to learn from them, and to teach them. These people in our lives are the glue that hold us together and they’re the ones who will fuel our true growth.
Yin and Yang, literally meaning “dark and light”, doesn’t mean a duality, or opposing forces, they’re complimenting opposites (seen and unseen) that interact within a greater whole. The symbol for Yin and Yang is known as the taijitu, the circle with the black and white halves. Such a simple symbol with the two most basic of colors (I know technically black isn’t a color, just go with it) holds probably the most intelligent of philosophies. Now it doesn’t necessarily mean the co-existence of good and evil like most people think, but I don’t see why it can’t. To be completely good doesn’t make anyone perfect. No, I believe it only makes you half perfect. To wrap this up, I think being “only human” makes us the most perfect of beings that I’m aware of because of our ability to do both good and evil things. Whether it’s doing good for a bad cause, or bad for a good cause, perfection lies in the middle of black and white, in the chaos of the grey area.