There is so much pressure on all of us to be creative and original all the time. I don’t think people understand just how exhausting it is to come up with original ideas all the time instead of just going back to all of our previous works and coming up with ideas derived from them.
I used to think that the worst place to get any sort of inspiration for my art was from my old works. But the more I think about it, it’s not something that hasn’t been done before. Most great artists who came before us have done it, and why wouldn’t they? Reminiscing can hurt like hell sometimes, but the memory lane is a great place to be looking for inspiration when you really need it.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I wrote a part two to some of my poems because I am at a very different place than when I actually wrote it, and I have a lot more to say now. But there’s always that tiny voice at the back of my head telling me that this is overdone and maybe I should just stick to being original all the time. The thing about originality is that even the most original idea is inspired by something or the other, so how bad can it really be?
But the truth is that we shouldn’t be letting these little moments of self-doubt hold us back from creating what we actually want or from doing what we actually want to do. Life is all about taking one leap after another, even if it means that you have to run back a few steps before you take a bigger leap. Just because it’s something that has been done before doesn’t mean that your efforts are any less meaningful. It doesn’t take away the value of your work, either.
So, the next time you’re wondering whether you should do something that you’ve already done before, remember that the reason you’re doing it is your love for your art, and nothing else. Because nothing else ever does matter when it comes to what you love.
This is a reminder that just because you’ve done it before doesn’t mean you can’t add to it now. As long as you’re around, your work can always grow as much as you want it to.
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