My ten year old son is a perfectionist. We have discussed perfectionism and its pitfalls. I am trying to get him to reform his ways. I know of the trials a perfectionist can have in life since I am one of them. I've been trying to reform myself for years.
Just now my son asked if being a perfectionist is a good or bad thing.
I didn't want to use the label of good or bad, so I replied that I think it is a hard thing to be, that living with that mindset is not easy.
He replied that he thinks that being a perfectionist is a waste of one's time. He then said that he imagines a perfectionist on his deathbed about to die who is only thinking, "Oh! This sheet is not perfectly lined up!"
Welcome to my world. I get these philosophical musings and random odd reflections all day long. Well at least it keeps me entertained.
(I do appreciate my time with my kids. If I were not an at home mom and homeschooling I'd miss out on such fun.)