Contrary to the old adage, I believe that inspiration is the sincerest form of flattery. You see as creatives, there’s a piece of our heart and soul in everything we do. The words we write, the moments we capture on camera, the colors we to put to paper, the content we put out. All of it has pieces of who we are in it. It’s for that reason that imitation feels cheap to me. How can one see the final product of another, and copy it? It will never be the same because the original work had the heart and soul of the creator in it. The copied work was either admired or envied.
As a creative, I’m constantly inspired by things all around me. From my own life to the content, art, and work of others. The difference between inspiration and imitation is that inspiration means you see something that leads you down your own path to create something. Maybe I read a post and it triggers a thought and I develop it to create a post on my own that’s either unrelated but I drew inspiration from it or that touches on the same topic but with my own personal ideas. Imitation means you copied with minimal if any changes.
Creatives put a piece of their heart and soul into what they do. With that comes the time, effort, and energy dedicated to creating what they share with the world. It’s an injustice to them to take from what they do without giving them credit if the majority of what you did is based on their work. Sadly it’s also an injustice to yourself. I can only imagine the feeling would be empty, hollow, and superficial when people praise you for your work because you know it’s not your own effort, heart, or energy that has gone into it.
Being a creative and sharing our work is an interesting path to walk. Of course, we enjoy it when others like what we’ve done but we can’t let the desire of admiration overcome us. Inspiration is all around us but when does that cross the line of imitation? What we create is a reflection of who we are, what we feel, what we think. If you are inspired to create a work and the essence of your work stays true to that inspiration, credit the source of the inspiration. If you are inspired and it takes you down a path that hardly resembles the inspiration, it’s up to you whether or not to credit the source. At the end of the day, shining a light on your source doesn’t diminish the light shined on your own. If anything it makes it shine brighter because there are two lights being lit.
I understand we are living in a time of abundance of information and stimulation. There is so much inspiration around us however, I don’t think that’s an excuse not to do what’s right. People always deserve credit for what they do and I think it’s a reflection of character to give credit where it’s due. You’d be surprised how good it feels to point people in the direction of your inspiration and I personally think very highly of those that shine a light on others. Just food for thought. Sending lots of love your way! ❤
What are your thoughts on this? Can you relate? Where do you draw the line between inspiration and imitation? How do you feel about crediting the source of your inspiration? How would you feel about not being credited where credit is due? I’d love to hear your thoughts. ❤