A renowned poet, Samuel Johnson said, “No man was ever great by imitation”. Even twins might be similar in appearance but not in mind. We are all blessed with uniqueness. Just imagine a world full of homogeneity! We wouldn’t have colors because everyone likes the same color. We wouldn’t have innovative inventions or discoveries as everyone would have the same thoughts and same mindsets! Either we all would be living the same life in harmony or would be fighting to death due to aggression. There would be no place for multiple emotions. Ah! Terrible to imagine as I write!
The beauty of coexistence is appreciating the differences and yet living in harmony.
There is a thin line of difference between imitation and emulation. Imitation makes one a copycat lacking individuality and character while emulation helps one to mull over one another’s differences, learn to be as good as the one you admire, build up a character and succeed.
By imitating, one lets someone else’s ideas shape one’s mind. When we are born unique why don’t we have the courage to live unique? Imitating is killing oneself to live someone else’s life. Instead of being a remade version of someone, better to be an inspired version of someone we admire. The root cause is we become insecure when we sense someone is being applauded, when we believe in someone else’s potential more than us. Complications in life begin with comparisons.
When no one can be us, how could we think of being someone? Work on what lies within rather than what others do. We might want to live the life of someone we admire but it is certain that we cannot become them to live their life! Appreciate the uniqueness we possess. Let our actions resemble our authenticity.
Be a copyrighted version!