Divine Idea by Fabian Kruse
Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write down in which areas of your life you have to overcome these suicidal tendencies of imitation, and how you can transform them into a newborn you – one that doesn’t hide its uniqueness, but thrives on it. There is a “divine idea which each of us represents” – which is yours?
(Author: Fabian Kruse)
Frankly – and I realize this might come across as slightly vain (I don’t mean for it to):
I do not feel the need to imitate or be anyone but myself.
I never have.
Despite all my flaws (and there are many), self-doubts, self-loathing, self-sabotage and overly critical eye that I have, I still like who I am. I have never wanted someone else’s life. I have never dreamed of looking like someone or being someone I am not. **Except for the time I wanted to be the next Benny Goodman but that didn’t mean I wanted to wake up and ZAP! be transformed physically INTO Benny Goodman (let alone a man) I just wanted to form my own Big Band and play Carnegie Hall…
Through all the pain, loss, mistakes – everything – I have to look at it and say it has brought me to where I am today. I like where I am and who I am. Flaws and all.
Sure there are writers, photographers, musicians, etc…that we as creatives look at and say, “Man, I would LOVE to write (create) something as profound, unique and wonderful as that.” But I don’t think that means we care to imitate it or copy it. I think it means we hope our own work will stand the test of time and be something of quality that others might aspire to. We hope our own work will make a difference.
I know I certainly don’t want to retrace the path of someone else’s work. My work is my own. My thoughts are my own. If by some chance something I write is similar to the work of another – it was not done intentionally. All work will at some point overlap with the work of someone else. I think that is inevitable. As long as it is not intentional.
We might have a style that is reminiscent of another artist – someone we read a lot -someone who inspires us. I’m not so sure that’s imitation – unless someone is actually TRYING to do it. I DO think we pick up things as we go and it attaches to the collective of all that we have learned and continue to learn as we grow and mature. What we read, eat, see, experience, learn, etc… all mixes together and gives us each an intricate and yes, unique creative palette that we draw our own inspiration from.