Let's copy shamelessly
Originality is overrated. It's impossible to be truly, genuinely original. Like, what? Have you been living in a cave all your life with no outside influence? Even if we don't consciously copy something, our ideas are still shadows of what we saw, heard, read. And that is awesome. Imagine we had to come up with all that stuff ourselves: the golden ratio rule in photography, apple strudel tastes better hot and with vanilla ice, high rise jeans + cropped tops. Thank god someone did this before. So we can build on that. We can copy it, use and and transform it into something new. Honestly, copying is what drives humanity forward. (I know, that might sound debatable. But I still think it's kinda true.)
I mean, you can't argue with Jam Jarmusch, can you?
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."
Preach that, Jim. You understand me!
So, anyways, where I want to go with all this is that you really shouldn't feel pressured to be original and to create something the world hasn't seen before. It's perfectly okay to use stuff that has already been created by someone, that you enjoy and take it from there. That's basically recycling and recycling is good. You might even upcycle an object, and idea, a design and create something better, something unique. Something original, I guess. :)