Comparison is the thief of joy.
Constantly looking at what people are doing, and how other people are doing things, can be inspiring and motivating, for sure. But more often than not we can get caught in the trap of seeing the world through other people’s eyes. This way we lose track of what we think, do or see ourselves, because we see our experiences as a lesser —maybe worse— version of someone else’s.
Comparison is the thief of originality and authenticity.
This applies to creatives especially. If we keep looking at other people’s stuff, our work will most likely become, in some way, a reflection of what we’ve already seen. Sure, it will never be the same, because the artist puts its own spin on it, but it will definitely look familiar. Try new combinations, new styles, ideas that come to you at the weirdest times. Try to trust your gut, at times, more than you trust your eyes.
This is how new things are born.
I’ve personally struggled with this a lot, lately, trying to overcome creative block. I find myself desperately looking at amazing work with the excuse of searching for inspiration; i find it; but then the work I make doesn’t give me any sense of real accomplishment, because —in my eyes— it looks like a slightly warped version of the work I was inspired by.
I encourage you to try and step outside of the creative bubble for a while. Experiment. Do you. ✨