Oh yes I am, a bonafide “Work In Progress”, or W.I.P. for short. Somehow I think I’ve always been, and yet still I know I’ll always be, and that’s all there is to it. But what does that mean? I can say it about myself, and I know that it’s true, yet I am unsure what details are ensconced in being so, and I really think that I must know. I’ve pondered a bit on the whole of being a “Work In Progress”, and the simple answer is, well, simple. It simply means that I am always working on becoming the best “Me”. Wait…what?? But, I’m already awesome, aren’t I? Well…okay, maybe not so much. Like everyone else, I still have growing to do.
Have you ever met that obnoxious person, you know, the one who thinks that they are absolutely perfect, and that there’s nothing they need to improve or change? Maybe you found them annoying, or maybe you were jealous of them, maybe wanted to be like them, or maybe, just maybe, you thought they were arrogant or conceited. If you’re anything like me, it might have been some extreme combination of all of the above. The truth is, however, that everyone could benefit from improvement. I don’t think I have met one person who was perfect, even the ones who THOUGHT they were! Sure, they might have been super awesome at certain things, but that didn’t make them PERFECT! But, improvement, you ask? What do I mean by that? Again, it’s so simple! However good you were today at something…take that and try to be even better at it tomorrow!
There’s one more key to being a W.I.P. and it’s the ultimate one. Change. This is the area that most people struggle. Change is difficult, especially for those who are set in their ways. Learning to embrace change has been my most challenging battle to date, but battle I do…every day! The greatest changes come from within, but are a natural course to accepting the differences and difficulties in life that we face. No one ever said that growing was easy. Sure, growing older is a breeze, but we don’t control the aging process, at least not physically. Growing up is the hard part. Being an adult can be a royal pain in the butt. People expect that you’ll be responsible, that you will have respect, and that you’ll be reasonable. Imagine an adult throwing a child-sized tantrum in a toy store, and honestly NO ONE wants to see that! It’s ridiculous to even think about, right? We don’t expect adults to behave in such a fashion! So, change is inevitable as a part of the growing process.
So, to sum this up: Call me W.I.P. I am a “Work In Progress”, and each day I strive to be the best “ME” that I can be. Some days I am more successful than others. I have good days and bad days, and the good days I strive to repeat, while the bad days I attempt to learn from. I don’t always get it right, I am not perfect, and I always can improve. As long as I am continuous in my efforts to improve, I shall remain a W.I.P. I’ve come to the understand that that’s not a bad thing. Nope. Not at all.