One of the vital things yoga has taught me is that form follows function. That is, every posture has a specific function - to stretch the hamstrings, to activate the back. On the superficial level, we approach that posture attempting to copy the beautiful form. Hand is exactly two inches from the foot, knee is bent 90 degrees. However, once we really get to know the posture, it changes us. Things loosen, deepen, open. A whole new perspective of that posture is available to us, and we can only explore the second dimension if we abandon the previous “perfect form” and aim for function instead. A wide legged forward fold becomes a standing turtle pose. Crow pose becomes crane pose becomes a handstand becomes a scorpion, because we allow ourselves to play, explore, and drop the rigid, breathless box that held us in crow originally.
The same principle applies in life. Form follows function. What is something that you are holding on to because you have imagined and attained the perfect form, but didn’t allow yourself to really truly master the function? Get rid of the outer shell. Go deeper into your art, your work, yourself. Form follows function.