One of the reasons why I am so attracted to young children is that they play so freely; they are so truly themselves. Being perfect isn't part of their consciousness...yet. Unfortunately, they soon learn that the way to measure up, to get the reward, to deserve the praise is to do it right. To be perfect. And in the process they lose part of themselves. If we love them unconditionally, if we encourage their efforts, rather than focus on praising their products, they will learn they don't have to be perfect. They will learn to love their imperfect selves.
By the way, when I googled the words: quote, play and perfect, all I seemed to get were quotes about sports. But then I found this:
"I admit it's tempting to wish for the perfect boss, the perfect parent, or the perfect outfit. But maybe the best any of us can do is not quit, play the hand we've been dealt, and accessorize what we've got." --Carrie in Sex and the City
Reminds me a little of Olivia.