Driftby Nick Bosch on 12/9/2012
Arriving at a hair pin turn my mind races: completing it will either require a very round angle or a stop all together. Neither is fitting. I want to make the turn without slowing down at all. This will require a substantially higher level of skill but I know that the reward is exponentially greater than the skill it requires.
Where tires would traditionally squeak and resist movement, these will slide. These tires and the right road will make the maneuver more coordinated.
Now, I’m drifting. But I’m not driving.
Our minds seem to carry the same physiological requirements of skeletal muscle during the creative process. But not realizing this we sit there focused, frustrated that we cannot grasp the answer. We’re forcing our brain to contract endlessly when it cannot. It needs to relax.
So our mind begins to drift. Memories, worries, fantasies, tear through our mind, a waking dream. We appear to have lost control. This is our mind relaxing.
But relaxing isn’t enough. We have to bring ourselves back. Not all of us can. Some of us lose control. Some of us will never wrap around that turn. Some of us will never solve the problem.
For those that do bring their focus back, they will find the problem they could not understand is now seemingly simple. They aren’t turning anymore. They are on another straight road until the next tight turn arrives.
Yes, turns can be completed much more slowly, much more mechanically, but the results are never as beautiful.
Mastering this is an art more precious than the art it creates.