I’m absolutely aware that I’m not perfect, but I am also very hip to the fact that I am flawless.  Yes, I have my questionable characteristics, my quirks, and my rough edges.  I didn’t graduate college with a 4.0.  I’m not the “ideal” height and weight.  I’m horrible at admitting when I’m wrong.  I don’t know how to ride a bike.  I’ve made mistakes.  I have some shortcomings.  No, I’m not technically perfect and neither are you nor the person who lives next door to you.  Perfection is such a subjective term that I’m not even sure if it truly exists.  However, I am flawless.  Why?  Better yet, why not?

Seriously though, I am myself.  I love who I am and I accept the person I am, no matter what.  The fact is no one in this world who can be me better than how I am me.  No one can tell me how to be me.  I will always be the best version of me because I am the only me in this world.  And I will always be the only me to ever exist, but this goes for you, too.  There’s nobody in this world like you.  Yes, there are people similar to you, but there will never be another you.  As long as I’m staying true to who I am, I will always be flawless and as long as you stay true to who you are, so will you.

But don’t misconstrue what I’m saying.  I’m not encouraging individuals to stop learning about themselves and to stop bettering their characters.  No, never that!  Instead, I’m urging people to continue beating their own high scores.  Redefine what your perfect self is and redefine what being a flawless you means.  Being flawless is about doing everything with confidence and to the best of your ability, while not worrying about the limits being placed upon you.  So don’t be the one to limit yourself.  It’s 2014.  Do Better!  Be the best you.  Be a flawless you.  Because as long as we’re real about it and we all understand it, we are all flawless.

About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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