Saturday, November 19, 2011

Monkey see, Monkey do

Is imitation the most sincere form of flattery? I know it is meant to be but usually it is just annoying.

Quite a few people have brought this subject up lately. There must be something in the air. Whether it's work, family, friend or stalker etc, it is hard not to be affected by people you find inspiring. I think that often the imitator doesn't realise they are doing this and it's completely unintentional. But, there is a big difference between being inspired and copying (Jennifer Jason Leigh's character in 'Single White Female' crossed that line).

If you find that you are often imitated, does this say more about you or the imitator? Or is it all in your crazy head?

In the end, it is a compliment that you can inspire people but it would drive you crazy if the imitator takes the inspiration, improves it and does an awesome job. Fingers crossed this doesn't happen. If it does, maybe it's time for you to find some inspiration of your own.

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