15 things that bring me joy, what’s on your list?

These are not in any particular order:-

1. Doing my art

2. Walking in the woods with the dog or any walking

3. Travelling to new places

4. Helping others

5. Being kind

6. Reading books or listening to podcasts

7. Sitting watching the sea or a fire and just relaxing

8. Cooking

9. Talking and discussing things

10. Spending time listening to or playing with kids

11. Breaking the rules

12. Getting things done so they don’t build up

13. Doing things/activities with friends

14. Driving for just the fun of it with no planned destination

15. Listening to music especially live music

These and many more things bring me joy. Now I know this, I have no excuse not to do them.

Oh, and one more, writing my daily blog.

What brings you joy?

Originality is undetected plagiarism

This is a famous quote by William Ralph Inge.

We are all influenced by others, every single person and everything that has ever been created has come from a person who is the sum, the cocktail of the influences she has had in her life.

That cocktail is the uniqueness, what we choose to put in the mixer and what comes out is our own take on the people who are our heroes.

Yet we seem all to be searching for that magic gem of something original. There is nothing to be gained from that search, it is far better to be spending our time ‘stealing’ from others. Not in a way where we make an exact copy, but where we take the influences of many and blend it into something that is uniquely ours.

Our own individual journeys through life are ours and totally unique, no one’s life will match anyone else’s. The influences we choose to bring in will be uniquely ours.

So, in fact, it is not stealing, it is flattering all our influencers by taking their work and adding our spin. That is where the originality comes from.

It is important though to give them a mention, for two reasons. One it is totally shitty to claim others work as your own, well copying is stealing, adapting is what we all do, blending, remixing, repurposing. Second, it helps people who see your work to know who influences you, as they may share the same heroes.

This blog was partly influenced by reading the great book ‘Steal Like An Artist’ by Austin Kleon.