Anyone else snap a pic when they see something they love and then recreate it to make it their own? I do often. Some may argue that I’m not being original but I disagree. I’m being inspired and as result, propelled into my own creative process. An artist or photographer sees a beautiful mountain and then paints or photographs it-in a way no one else has ever done before. When entering my home, you’ll find all sorts of unique creations everywhere you look, many of which were exist now because of something I saw and fell in love with. 🎨
It’s said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and while it’s perfectly normal and human to emulate someone or something, it’s even more important to be uniquely you. We are all different, flawed and beautiful and it’s important that we remember that every single one of us, even our heroes, has struggles and challenges. ✨
Thanks to insta, I’ve found many interesting folks over the last few weeks and have been particularly intrigued by @emilyventures.
Like me, she travels solo, hopes to visit every national park in the country, and is a teacher. (She also takes some great photos and writes with both a wisdom and sincerity I really enjoy.) 📝
But there’s one really awesome thing Emily has that I don’t: a funky daypack adorned with patches and pins from her travels. So after hemming and hawing for a few weeks, this minimalist finally caved and ordered some goodies to adorn my own pack with! 🎒
I’ve only made it to 28 U.S. parks so far (while homegirl has been to 44!!) but life isn’t a contest. Do you. Journey at your own pace. Live in a mansion or in a van. Get excited that you own a Gucci belt or a $3 super cozy thrift-store flannel. But know that it’s fine to admire aspects of another person’s life. It’s a good way of figuring out what excites you and makes you happy. Just be sure to pave your own (grassy, pebbly, muddy, rocky, sandy) path along the way. 👣