a Copy of a Copy of a Copy.
You know when you have a really good idea, and you really want to share it, or you’ve gained some new insight only to have someone else bring it up first and casually in conversation? And you’re like damn, I was there first! You get that feeling that maybe it’s just not worth working on something original because everything has been done before.
Winston Churchill once phrased it, “We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow worm.” Yes, and sometimes we feel one with the rabble, we become that worm.
Although a legendary name now, Winston Churchill started from very humble roots. Looking into his personal history, he had quite an underwhelming childhood. At some points, his teachers would have said he even wasted his intellectual youth – he failed at pretty much all school work, and almost every subject – which was a pretty big deal considering that’s where he spent most of his time. It stirs our gut response of what it means to fail.
But without missing a beat, Churchill never assumed that because his youthful years were gone, that he had missed the ship. In fact, it wasn’t til his adulthood that he started to become the person we celebrate today.
Winston Churchill still became a famed politician, a captivating and effective speaker, an adventurer, a family man, an artist, and so much more. He was able to juggle all of this coming from an unpromising childhood. Wasn’t there some type of trajectory he was destined to fulfill? Maybe there’s a bit of secret sauce in here that we can learn?
Where it Comes From, Is Where it Goes
Well for one, none of these accomplishments would have been possible if Churchill really believed that his past failures would dictate his future. If he had truly looked at all his failures, and let it mean something about himself he should have given up before adulthood. And if failures truly dictate future success, none of his adult life should have been possible.
“You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago” – Alan Watts
Because some ideas have been done before, it doesn’t mean that we, as individuals are unoriginal. In fact, we are not obliged to be that unoriginal self we think we are. That belief of our own originality, limits us into a single narrative of our life. And sometimes it’s the belief in a narrative, or a trajectory that limits our ability to think and feel for just enough time to come to our grand idea.
But What About Now?
What you are able to offer right now, is inspiring. Don’t believe it? Remember all the tidbits of advice you were given as a kid? The ones that we brushed off for years, until the lessons finally occurred in your life – often in unexpected ways? In those moments, the words and lessons you heard time and time again finally settled. Finally having weight. Sometimes it takes a certain nuance to nudge us into a certain perspective. No matter how many times it’s been said before, it doesn’t seem to land. And one day it does.
Realize that you can be the sudden reason that someone finds inspiration or joy in your works or words. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. The past has nothing to do with it, there comes a moment when it clicks.
You bring nuances that nobody else can bring, and by acting in line with who you are right now you are bringing a whole new world that has the power to inspire, in ways only you can offer. It’s a matter of seeing it through and doing it, despite the obstacles. You just don’t know when you’re going to hit that sweet spot, and it could be closer than you think.
this has been an original written work by Monocle Booth x Looking Glass Productions