Perfection is Elusive

The beginning of any rehearsal process, be it a song, an aria, or a full-staged production, is bound the be fraught with mistakes. A flubbed line here, a missed entrance there, a unrecognized cue, a struggling tempo–these are the marks of a true rehearsal process. So often we berate ourselves for our imperfections. We wonder why we weren’t perfectly prepared from day 1. We wait with bated breath for that fateful day when a director or teacher will have no corrections or notes for us. They will instead beam at you and say “perfect” and you will be ready to perform after just one rehearsal. But, let’s face it, how boring would that be? If someone doesn’t have corrections for me, I ask for them. I fish for critiques until I get something I can work on. Frankly, no matter how strong your technique, acting skills, languages, and musical nuances are there is always room for improvement. Even the strongest, most established “stars” in any craft continue to practice, study, and strive for more. If they don’t, I fear for their longevity and creative growth. 

This yearn for the elusive perfection is what makes artists so fascinating, powerful, and world-changing; but it can also lead to devastation, self-loathing, and debilitating stress. If we don’t come to terms with the fact that perfection is an impossible goal, we lose sight of the journey and become obsessed with an end result that will never come. But if we shift our perspective and recognize that the goal is to constantly learn, grow, and improve upon ourselves, we can find joy along the way. Without looking towards an end result looming in the far off distance, we are freed to enjoy the process wherever it may take us and be pleasantly surprised by the benchmarks along the way. 

It’s not practice makes perfect. It’s practice makes possible. So get out there and expand your possibilities.  

#yogagivesbackchallenge day 22: peacock prep. This is one of those poses which I am still struggling to comprehend mentally, let alone physically. While my peacock is far from perfect, I accept where I am and revel in the fact that my wrists are opening, my arms are strengthening, and my core is growing. Sometimes we have to enjoy the journey and let go of the end result.  

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