Freedom from Perfectionism


Join us on The Playfulife Podcast as we explore the transformative journey of Shelly Johnson, a philosopher in play, who embarked on a quest from perfectionism to rediscover the lost art of playfulness.

Shelly candidly shares her early experiences, reminiscing about a time when play was at the center of her life. However, an insidious shift occurred, nudging her away from the sheer joy of playfulness towards the gripping claws of perfectionism.

“Unfortunately, my attitude began shifting from playfulness to perfectionism early on,” Shelly reflects. “The more I focused on performance and product, the less open, curious, and joyful I became.” ๐Ÿ˜”

The impact of this shift extended across various facets of her life. It tainted her love for learning, strained her relationships, and eroded her self-worth.

“I believed I had to look perfect all the time, exercise became play, and I pursued the ‘perfect’ body,” she reveals, acknowledging the profound reach of perfectionism into her daily existence. ๐Ÿ’ช

Amidst the turmoil, Shelly found solace in an unexpected pursuit: fencing. This unconventional choice brought a breath of fresh air into her life, offering a newfound sense of detachment and curiosity.

“Fencing helped me detach from the sadness in my life and not take life so seriously,” she shares. It was a catalyst for change, inspiring her to venture back into academia to pursue a philosophy Ph.D. ๐Ÿคบ

Shelly’s journey didn’t end there. She found herself delving into the philosophy of play, drawing from Aristotle’s teachings, discovering the delicate balance between taking life too seriously and not seriously enough.

“Philosophy begins in wonder,” she enthuses, emphasizing the innate connection between playfulness and the essence of human life. ๐Ÿ“š

Her revelation about the primal drive for play led to a significant awakening. “Play is a primary drive of human beings,” she remarks. “It’s the key to accessing curiosity, joy, and wonder.” Through this lens, she learned to gently observe life, cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion. ๐ŸŒŸ

Shelly’s journey of self-discovery serves as a beacon of hope for those tangled in the web of perfectionism. “Recognize your worthiness and nurture the seeds of goodness within you,” she advises. “Approach life with wonder, curiosity, and joy.” ๐ŸŒˆ

Join us on this enlightening episode of The Playfulife Podcast, and embark on a transformative journey towards rediscovering joy, overcoming perfectionism, and embracing the profound philosophy of play. ๐ŸŽงโœจ

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