Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stop the "Copy-Idol" Syndrome

I suck at being original. I always have this tendency of imitating the people I look up to. I have my own style doing things yet when I get impressed by these big people, I can't help but try hard to look, sound or think like they do. But I usually look up to people whom I can relate to or who I think I share some similarities with so it must be not that bad at all. Or maybe I only thought so but not really.




And I can say that I'm not alone in this department. This tendency for us to copy the people whom we admire is an epidemic. Such behavior results to loss of individuality and uniqueness. And this is one of the biggest factor why most people now seemed to think, look and sound the same. It is not totally wrong though as long as you are aware that you are doing this and not just being a mindless chameleon camouflaging everything else around him just to fit in
. But unfortunately, the reason is the latter most of the time. And yes, I know that chameleon's camouflage doesn't work like that. But you get the point.

A lot of us are trapped into wanting to become the same as our "idols". We admire them so much that we aim to become a duplicate of them. But let me tell you straight. This will never happen. I'm sorry. It's not that I'm saying you are not capable to reach their level. You are. And it's great to be inspired and to learn from these great people. But if you continue aiming to be their "copy", you'll remain to be in their shadow no matter how good you become in the future. 

So stop trying to be so much like them and start becoming the best of what you can be.


And please remind me to tell this to myself.

8 comments:

  1. I seenothing wrong with copying/imitatiing our idols... As long as we know our bounderies... Just always put yourself into it and show your own swag so it makes it you... Ganyan... Kakanosebleed...

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    1. Tama naman yun. lahat naman kasi nagsisimula dun sa pag-imitate talaga. Parang yung mga bata lang din na gumagaya sa nakikita sa mga magulang nila or matandang kapatid. But once na aware na and kaya nang lumakad mag isa, tama ka, dapat may boundaries na and matuto nang magkaroon ng sariling "swag" tulad ng nabanggit mo. Salamat senor.

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  2. We all have this trait of adapting what we see, esp the ones we look up to.. I'm guilty of this.. as long as we keep in our minds that we can only be the better versions of ourselves, and if we outgrow the old, bad and wrong ways, then that should do it.. :) Rogie! exchange links tayo!.. haha :)

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    1. Thanks. hehehe, sure Jeff. Naka-Like na rin nga pala ko sa page mo. :)

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  3. It's human nature, I guess. I could say that nobody is really original, maybe we can stick with everyone is "customized". :) So there's no such thing as "copy-idol" syndrome. :P

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    1. That's better. Ang customized version. Mas improved pa ang kalalabasan kadalasan.

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  4. "So stop trying to be so much like them and start becoming the best of what you can be." - Applicable lang ito kapag tao yung iniidilo mo pero kung si Kristo eh ibang usapan na iyan.

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    1. Yes. ibang kaso yun bro. Kaya nga classic and marami ang nagbasa ng book na "Imitation of Christ" dahil yan ang dapat. :)

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