We live in an imperfect world with imperfect people all around us. It is the constant striving of so many to be better that makes us such an intriguing species.

Certain moments may feel perfect, but they rarely are. Perfection is an unattainable goal, but a laudable one nonetheless. What this means is that life is overflowing with opportunities for improvement. There isn’t anything we couldn’t do better.

It’s important to accept mentally that perfection isn’t possible, but trying your best is. When a situation doesn’t work out how you planned, don’t think about fate, about bad luck, about others. Think about how you could have improved the situation. It’s the only guaranteed way of changing the outcome next time.