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"Exhausted Perfection" is a poignant story about Maya, a young woman who has always been the "golden child" of her family. From excelling academically to maintaining perfect etiquette, Maya has upheld an image of flawless perfection that has long been praised by her parents and community.

However, the immense pressure of constantly having to be the best has finally taken a toll on Maya. Feeling exhausted by the weight of these unrealistic expectations, she makes the bold decision to not study as diligently for an upcoming exam. While she ensures her grades don't drop too significantly, maintaining a spot in the top 5 students, Maya finds a sense of relief in letting go of the need to be perfect.

Yet, Maya's choice to ease up on her studies also leaves her grappling with feelings of guilt and disappointment from her parents, even though they don't vocalize these emotions. As Maya navigates this new chapter where she is no longer the "golden girl," she must find the courage to redefine her own path, outside of the constraints of perfection that have long defined her identity.

"Exhausted Perfection" is a compelling exploration of the emotional toll of living up to high expectations, and one young woman's journey to reclaim her sense of self.

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