Newsflash: Nothing is Original

I don’t know about you but I find inspiration all around me. Many times through conversations with other people or an article I’ve read or an ad on tv – inspiration can be found in the littlest moments of our day if we choose to see it. That leads me to this idea of originality – nothing, yes nothing, is original. Everything we do, say, or even think is prompted by something we’ve seen, heard, been taught or inspired by.

One of my favorite quotes is below and I hope is serves as a reminder to you not to give up on whatever it is you want to do or be because you’re afraid someone else has already done it or could do it better. You have the inspiration for a reason – now run with it!

Nothing is original.

Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.

Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations,

architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.

Select only things to steal from that speak

directly to your soul.

If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.

And don’t bother concealing your thievery

celebrate it if you feel you like it.

In any case always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said:

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

-Jim Jarmusch

I encourage you to be more aware of little moments of inspiration today. What sparks your creativity? Is the  aroma of the flowers as you’re walking your dog? The laughter from children playing across the street? Whatever it is, take note of it. You never know, it could be that final push you needed to complete a project or the last piece to that puzzle you haven’t been able to crack. So go on, get out there and be inspired!

Full of inspiration,


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Published by EmilyHertlein

Social Media Strategist Located in Memphis, TN

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