The creative process is a sport
Since I can remember I always did sports, especially team sports. I played American Football, Skater Hockey, Inline Hockey, Floorball, Soccer, Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. To work out physically is always a necessary compensation to working out psychically. Especially if you don’t earn your money with craftsmanship you need to balance the overspending.
In the last years my physically overspending got a lot neglected and I always felt a way of unsatisfied. But moving to another place is always a good reason to change your habits. So, within the first week in Sweden, I started playing Rugby and went running again. Of course I felt like sh*t after the first exercises, but the struggle was worth it. You feel great! Tonight I will join another Rugby training and tomorrow I will join the fitness center.
There is one thing which always fascinates me during sports: endurance. I am not bad in sports, especially in team sports. I think I can say that I have some sort of talent, not quite distinctive as a Michael Jordan or Franz Beckenbauer, but I am not bad in most sports. Unfortunately I could not find the sport yet, where I am so talented that I could be really achieving something big. So what else do I have to do to achieve at least something: practice. Hard practicing is always a pleasure. Especially when you mention the difference. But practicing good also needs two other things: focus, and endurance.
So, it has a lot to do with the creative process. I just stumbled upon the article at the99percent about Haruki Murakami, it is called Talent Is Nothing Without Focus and Endurance. Murakami compares the process of writing to the one of running. It is great how he brings these two things together.
“Most of what I know about writing I’ve learned through running every day. These are practical, physical lessons. How much can I push myself? How much rest is appropriate—and how much is too much? How far can I take something and still keep it decent and consistent? When does it become narrow-minded and inflexible? How much should I be aware of the world outside, and how much should I focus on my inner world? To what extent should I be confident in my abilities, and when should I start doubting myself? I know that if I hadn’t become a long-distance runner when I became a novelist, my work would have been vastly different. How different? Hard to say. But something would definitely have been different.” (via the99percent.com)