Originality comes from making connections. Seeing patterns where others see chaos. Taking old ideas and elevating them to new perspectives.
It's a remix. A fresh pain of eyes. It's putting a spin on a dish and introducing a new wealth of flavor. It's self expression by adding yourself to the equation.
Strive for originality, but don't fear inspiration. To fight that is to ignore things that speak directly to your soul. Advance through film, music, and books. Take from random conversation, dreams, technology, oceans and mountains, lights and shadows. Celebrate and honor your imagination. Because it's not where you take things from, it's where you take them to.