“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 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.”
[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
This quote makes my heart sing, and so I came like a thief and stole it.
A lot of what hinders our creativity is buying into the belief that everything has already been done before. But it hasn’t been said by you, painted by you, designed by you, sewn by you, strummed by you, sung by you.
So please, please, please keep making. Keep on creating. If not for any other reason, keep making for me. For your neighbour, your son, your future grandchildren. What you make today may be the spark that ignites their next idea. Even if not for many years down the road.
We can’t see the path of our creations. How the painting me make today will one day hang in the living room of our granddaughter’s house, its’ charm and beauty inspiring her to a life of writing.
We have no way of knowing the weight of our fragile attempts. It is not our job to judge. All we can do is make, and happily leave the door unlocked.