In the best of all possible worlds, we pursue our desires while living in with our values. That give meaning to our lives. Sometimes we make the mark, sometimes we don’t. The trick to doing it “right” is to forgive ourselves (and others) for being flawed humans.
Being human, we will never be our ego ideal. That image of perfection is meant to inspire and guide us toward our best self. Sadly, many people learned to view their short comings as proof of their unworthiness.
It takes a ton of courage to stand in the naked light of reality. To see clearly, we must put away the rose-colored glasses, magnifying lens and projection screens. Then find a safe place to examine outdated beliefs.
This is the work of a lifetime and, thankfully, that’s exactly how long we’re given to do it.