Please meet Hannah.
Hannah built a matrix.
A matrix of awesomeness out of clothing items.
With Hannah's matrix her originality won't run out for some 27 months, if I'm not mistaken.
From many a hipster I have learned that it is cool (but like one-of-a-kind, unique cool) to have, be, wear, or do what no one else has ever had, been, worn or done.
Hannah, the hipsters, and the embracing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have spurred a schizophrenic conversation in my head and it's been going for quite some time. It entails topics such as originality, individuality, and the ever-flowing body of water that we call mainstream, both within the realm of my religion and outside of it.
How much of what you think is original is the original? This started when I wondered who thought of parachute pants. We are born imitators. Whether from the conscious or subconscious that is what we do. We imitate what we see and experience. How did we learn to walk, talk, and throw food? Imitation, baby. Despite what you just assumed, I'm not discounting creativity or saying that it doesn't exist, rather that it is often wrongly defined. Creativity is bringing something about that doesn't naturally evolve or come about through natural processes. It is not something built from nothing, because you didn't start with nothing. You always start with something: an idea, an object, something you learned previously that was gathering dust in the back of your mind whether you were aware of it's presence or not.
There are many facets to this topic and I can't attempt to voice my opinion about all of them, so this will be a more focused opinion on just one aspect of the whole ginormous thing.
In this, as I said, is the battle of how to embrace that endeavor of becoming like that person that more than 2 billion people are trying to be like (Jesus, in case you didn't know). In that effort where does individuality come in? How are you like Him but an individual at the same moment? In the rise and the fall of it I have learned much. From many sources comes encouragement to be unique, to find a niche, and to be no one but yourself. We are pushed to "find ourselves" and once that is found to be our "best self", but not to conform and become another lemming without any meaning in our march. So how do I be like Jesus, but be myself? This is where the awesomeness begins. Brace yourself. Are you seated? In trying to be like Him, you grow out of bad and good things into this person that is loving, kind, and devoted but with traits that only you have. You love the way that only you can love. You be kind in only a way that you can be kind. And you give in a way that only you can give.
To become like Jesus is to be the best version of you that is possible. He doesn't want you to be Him. He wants you to be you but be like him. Love, give, and care but in your own way.