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I am 16 years old, and have an EXTREME fear of being unexceptional. I have had panic attacks on multiple occasions triggered simply by the thought of leading an average life, (i.e. a 9–5 job, salary under 4–500k). It is at the point were I can't even bring myself to get a normal job for fear that I will get stuck in it. When I think about not being completely perfect, I get nauseous like someone punched me in the stomach, lose my appetite, my blood pressure rises to a out 170/120, I hyperventilate, and start crying.
You will never be completely perfect. Anyone who thinks he is has already lost the game. Or you can say that you are perfect as you are, complete with being imperfect.
I think what's missing here is rigorous activity. Take a job, any job. Scoop ice cream. Bring excellence to your job. You'll come to realize there is an art to making the perfect scoop. Then you'll see there are a thousand ways you could do the job better, and you'll start doing those, and you'll notice how complex the world is, and you'll realize you can never be perfect.
Or take up a sport. Do you think you could hit a hole in one with every swing of a golf club? That would be perfect. No professional golfer has ever shot an 18.
The problem is that you think of imperfect as something being wrong. It's not. It's an opportunity to look at how the world could be better, and how you can take your game up a notch.
But you want to make it a game, not a have to. If you choose to bring excellence to everything you do, even if it's digging ditches, it will be anything but an average life.