I love how trivial facebook can be. I had originally deleted it a year ago, and oh how I loved not having it. Life was peaceful for 8 months, but I got back on it because of school after realizing that it's one of those necessary evils in life. I do quite enjoy that they have since made it incredibly easy to focus on just your family and the people closest in your life because that is all my feed has turned into.

People take things way too seriously and if they get butt hurt about it, BOOM!!! Unfriended on facebook, that's when you know shit gets real. It's truly a shame that the sarcasm in my voice doesn't carry through to type. But that was the reason I got off facebook originally, I was sick of the drama that always surrounded facebook. And lo and behold, there is more drama. All the time. Never not. Apparently the biggest thing homeschooling will never prepare me for is how much people continue to stay in high school.

But I'm not going to get into specifics, that would serve literally no purpose other than to degrade myself to a gossip column. Instead, I would like to share a personal conviction of mine.

I have been very tightlipped with my long term goals. I have given broad ideas to people, but nothing that hasn't already been done. As far as the plans I have to be something different, unique, and unexpendable, those specifics have only been written down and told to 2 people. I have an original idea, and I know what my original idea is capable of.

I have recently rediscovered that originality is a gift you give only to yourself. You create something that never was out of something that never would be, and you experience the satisfaction of seeing your creation through to fruition. It is something nobody can give you no matter how much they have to spare. By consciously stealing someone else's original idea, you steal the ability to provide that kindness to yourself. You never revel in the glory that is the acknowledgment of "Look what I've done, that which has never been done!" You lose the ability to be trusted because the more ideas are viewed as a commodity, the less you will be able to acknowledge the relationship between that idea and its architect. You slowly start to find common ground in a relationship not to build upon the friendship, but to leverage trust for gain.

Now, some of this may seem slightly unrealistic but let's look at most forms of art. Someone was inspired by another person who was highly influenced by someone who had an original idea. Finding artists who put a part of themselves into their artform is what makes them honestly unique and completely original. It's a reflection of self.

The idea of my barbershop menu was a "that would be neat" moment I had a year ago. Now I'm one year closer to seeing the final product of what I'm building. 

How close are you to making what never was out of what never would be?

Chris BentleyComment