Once, I believed in spells. Think about it. Comfort lies in the assurance of power through words. More so, that with a mere swing of a wand and utterance of carefully picked words, some in rhymes and some as phrases, I could call things that were not to be. So, with every episode of the movie, “Harry Potter”, that I watched, I wrote down spells said and got into “battles” with my siblings. Unfortunately, the brooms my family had at home were less magical than I thought and even the pencil wand however hard anyone of us tried, brought nothing to life. The seasonal movie, Merlin, showed even more possibilities. The glowing eyes and mind magic was captivating, however nothing moved no matter how hard we looked or thought about it. Eventually, the imitations died off.
No one teaches imitations. At least, for anyone to be keen on emulating something it must represent some good. This may not be not in the general sense of the word, but at least to them. Like most things in life, imitations could prove either good or bad. Some imitations are not even planned; we just wake up someday and discover that we are or have been influenced unawares. However, a problem results when mere imitations birth acting obsessively as what one isn’t. Just last week, a friend of mine was complaining about another friend of hers to me. The issue was this: he had ordered a shoe worth fifty thousand naira and the next day was requesting that she borrow him a meagre sum of two thousand naira. It baffled me.
Regardless, I emphasize that one should not be hasty to judge another. Someone else’s image can easily be seen but one would need a reflector to see one’s own self. A young person forcefully imitating a superstar to his/her detriment may have suffered neglect once before, may be truly ambitious or simply seeking recognition. If I was a friend to the boy in question, I would probably tell him that there’s no harm in looking extravagant but in starving to look the part. There’s nothing wrong in ambition, but instead of mimicking what cannot be afforded, there is more sense in replicating the virtues that birthed them. Characteristics like hard work, consistency, determination, resilience and originality are true to all successful people. So, why not choose to imitate that? That said, it is important to choose the right imitations. Ours is a different world from the magical, nothing moves no matter how hard we look or think about it.
This article was written by Adeoye Olufunke Adewunmi; connect with her on Instagram here