Time is something I struggle with every day. People that are exceptionally productive are a mystery to me and sometimes I believe they’re like Bigfoot; either rarely sighted or completely exaggerated. Mourning the lost time or time that I did not spend being creative when I should have can be devastating, distracting, and counterproductive.
I often feel like the years are slipping away and my goals get further and further out of reach. It’s like the dream where you’re running for the exit and it keeps getting further away no matter how long and hard you run. The truth of the matter is, I didn’t run long and hard. I took a nap in the middle of the hall. That nap cost me time that I can never get back and it’s hard to forgive myself for that.
In the text is the question, “Do you know how old I’ll be by the time I learn to play the piano?” and the answer given is, “The same age you will be if you don’t.” This is rather poignant. There’s really no reason to put off doing something creative. Neither age nor time constraints are a good excuse for putting off your dreams until a tomorrow that never comes. While I still argue the money factor to a degree, I do agree money is not usually a valid excuse either.
While this week was about time, I didn’t feel like the text really helped to identify immediate changes I could make like the introduction suggested. The tasks at the end of the week also didn’t feel like they were aimed at dealing with time. It’s a difficult subject and one that cannot be solved formulaically for every person, but some ideas or suggestions or time saving devices or time finding devices would have been a nice addition to this section.
I realize the check-ins have become more like a review of the section and my personal thoughts about what I learned rather than following the outline provided in The Artist’s Way, but I hope they are more useful. Reading about how many days I did my Brain Dump/Morning Pages and what I did for my Artist’s Date seemed to be boring and uninformative.