So where is it hiding?
last year I injured my knee just when I was at the top of my fitness game. I nursed if for half a year trying to avoid surgery. I didn't. So I nursed it for another half year after surgery. I lost my fitness and traded it in for a bunch of fat.
Were did my fitness and healthful body go? Where had I lost it? How was I going to get it back?
It’s curious that with fitness and creativity, you find yourself using the concept of "being lost" like it’s hiding somewhere. Your creativity (my body) is right were we left it. It's waiting for you and it has patience. But while it's waiting, what's really lost is all that opportunity. And the algebra (never took calculus) of what you lost, if only you showed up to claim it, is hard to figure.
Your potential for creativity is incremental and cumulative.
The cost of not showing up is hard to see or measure each moment it isn't exercised. The decision to not create is easy and costs nothing--for that moment. Measured over time the cost adds up and begins to work against you when you're forced to realize another sabbatical slipped by without writing that novel, or you've spent that unexpectedly free afternoon tweaking a playlist instead of stretching your canvas. Relax, potential is endless and as soon as you show up its incremental depots accumulate into your creative efforts.
Your real loss of not showing up, and dazzling technology will offer you infinite ways to get lost, is the meaning your life loses from not creating. Creating often doesn't feel like a choice. Whether you find you must create or can't seem to find it for all your worth.
Yet, the choice to make meaning in your life has everything to do with creating.
Where do you find yourself creating in your life? How do you lose yourself and keep from showing up to create?