Well, if I were honest about what I am into this week…I spent an inordinate amount of time reading “threads” of controversial topics online. Martha Stewart and her “off sounding” sound bytes involving bloggers. Lisa Condon’s art being copied and then the photographers work she used to create her art being copied. Really? Who has time for all this??? Apparently, I do. Which in truth, I do not but I got sucked into some really long threads of sometimes thoughtful and sometimes uneducated interactions.
Responses and then peoples responses to responses. I KNOW better than to get sucked in. I have left (supposedly professional) Linkedin groups for this very reason. It takes emotional energy. I remember getting caught in a thread once-OMG! Whatever you do DO NOT COMMENT or your day is shot-and then looking at the time and thinking does (insert industry leader’s name here) do this? Do they spend their time and precious energy responding to a response to get the responders up-to-date on the “real” controversy?
It’s not like I want to be an apathetic voter or anything. I do think that the vein in both cases had to do with copying. If you happened to listen closely, Martha doesn’t like having people copy recipes. Lisa doesn’t like being copied verbatim and people have some serious opinions about photos being copied. Not sure I heard photographers weigh in on that issue. I am sure they do though… way way down on the thread that I didn’t get to because I just had to STOP and give myself a SHAKE.
I went to the John Singer Sargent exhibit in Boston this week. I wonder if, back in his day, they talked and gossiped over dinner about copying? Was originality hoarded and guarded in fear of being copied? You know, they didn’t have secret Pinterest boards back then!
I have been on a bit of a mission as of late to foster originality and uniqueness in the creative community. It needs to be done. Instead of wasting creative time and energy staring at mini train wrecks in our mini worlds, we should probably concentrate on our own originality. I know that comes in many different forms (no judging.) I also know that the word originality carries some Picasso type of weight to it but HEY, there is only ONE you! That means you are completely original. It also makes you an expert on you. There is nothing like seeing people realize how original they truly are. The style course has been crazy good because people are seeing themselves in a beautiful new light. Beautiful, that’s you too. Demand originality from yourself. Draw out what has made you into YOU. If that means you take time out of your life to find yourself, that’s okay. We’ll be right here when you get back. And we will be so happy to see you and your unique, original ole self!