The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

Saturday, 14 March 2015

You place your foot on the bottom rung of the ladder and make your ascent towards the stars but with one slip, one faltering move, you fall into the darkness of the abyss. Your body lies rotting amongst Despair, Fear, Disgust and Guilt with little hope of escape. You have become nothing.

This is the pitfall of perfectionism.

You are told that perfectionism is good, a trait to be desired. It gives you the drive and determination to succeed but what about when it becomes too much. What happens when perfectionism is the all-consuming part of your being? Every little task you undertake must fulfil the purpose you design for it. The heavy pressure that is laden on your shoulders, its weight threatening to cut you off at the knees is a making of your own design. You have set your goals and you must do everything in your power to reach them. It sounds somewhat ruthless; the need to succeed at all costs. How far can you stretch yourself, your health before you get what you desire? At the end of the day you just want to prove yourself, not commit murder.

The term ‘average’ niggles away at you, spreading a chill through your veins. Average is not acceptable. Average is not a word that will ever be used to define you or at least you hope. You are not average. You cannot be average. You want to be something. You have to be something. You want to excel, to strive, to become a star that shines and glistens and becomes the source of congratulatory discussion.

The perfectionist is crippled with fear because the ideals of perfectionism are too much. You are too frightened to take the risk and take the next step on the path you’re treading. Your creativity is squandered and shoved away in a derelict box because you cannot stand to face a reality where your creation is less than ideal. You fear the thoughts and criticisms of others.

This is not a way to live.

This is a way to die.

You will always be a perfectionist. Embrace it but don’t let it own you. Own it. You are a pillar of strength, a visionary of your chosen field. Do not let the pitfalls of perfectionism drag you beneath its murky depths. Strive above. You have the ability to do anything you put your mind to; fear be damned.

Gone Girl Cover Design

Friday, 13 March 2015

This is a redesign of the film tie-in Gone Girl cover which I did as a bit of fun in my spare time. I decided to use a softer typeface to contrast the fragmentation of the images of Amy and Nick. View book cover in HIGH RES or on BEHANCE.

Top Ten Tuesday: All time favourite books from the last three years

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

(This is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish)

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Read 2014)
I am utterly obsessed with this novel. Probably the most intriguing thriller I have read to date and I highly recommend everyone reads it too. There are twists on top of twists on top of twists.

2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Read 2014/5)
After reading Gone Girl, I went on a Gillian Flynn reading binge and I loved Sharp Objects more than I ever thought I would. Flynn always takes a unique look at female characters that probably aren’t considered the norm. She produces women that are three dimensional, flawed, not wholly ‘innocent’, dangerous or damaged and sometimes very evil women that are fascinating.

3. Raging Heat by Richard Castle (Read 2014)
This is probably my favourite Castle book to date. They somehow keep getting better and better and I can’t wait for the next one.

4. After Dark by Haruki Murakami (Read 2014)
I read this novel as part of my degree back in 2014 and it was the most delightfully intriguing and unique book I have ever read.

5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (Read 2012)
THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. No words could ever explain how much I love this book and Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth Salander, the most unexpected literary heroine ever to grace a popular book series. So unique and utterly badass. If you haven’t read it then I highly recommend you do.

6. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Read 2013) 
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” remains one of the most iconic literary openings. I read Rebecca for a module of women’s literature for my degree and I fell in love with it. Rebecca is a Gothic Romance Mystery drawing parallels to Bronte’s Jane Eyre with the wealthy Maximilian De Winter who has a secret to hide marries the young unnamed narrator. Not to give anything away but… read it!!

7. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Read 2013) 
I read this book for two reasons.
1. we were the same age and I wanted to be a writer (I still have yet to write that book I’ve wanted to write for the last 3 years. Oops?)
2. They kept calling Shannon the next J.K. Rowling so obviously I had to find out for myself. When it came down to it this book was utterly amazing and seriously well thought out (its sequel even better). This is probably my favourite dystopian/YA read.

8. Naked In Death by J. D. Robb (Read 2013)
The book that started it all and led to me obsessively reading all 30+ In Death books in the last 2ish years. So yeah, read them. All of them. There’s crime. Ass kicking. And sex. Lots of sex. Oh, and a side of science fiction. 

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