My own style, by Cristina Georgescu
?When I was younger, all my teachers would stop by my artworks and take a look. Once they finished analyzing it, they started criticizing. This was so discouraging, that I began following their lines and copying their styles. Afterwards, they kept praising me and this made me so proud that I decided to continue that way. Then, one day, somebody asked rudely: ?Why are you always painting the same? Can?t you do it your way?? At first, that made me angry, but later, looking back at my previous works, I had to admit he was right. That day, I said to myself: ?All right, you have learned the rules, now come off your masters and spread your wings?. From that day on, I have never got any other unkind comment.
I agree that some people copy everybody else for fear of not being unique, but I am pretty sure there are exceptions. Very few people are proud to call themselves: ?My own person?, while most people stick perfectly to the crowd.
Nobody knows exactly what originality means. In my opinion, it means being able to reflect exactly what is inside yourself, having your own fashion, your own way of speaking, shortly, having the quality to make people understand and accept you, while keeping the surprising, pleasant and exciting factor that makes you unique.
When we are children, we pick as role models, our parents or our teachers. We follow them around, we copy what we see and this is how we make our way through the young ages; but once we grow up, we must leave our masters and add our hallmark to everything we have learned: ?Begin with another?s to end with your own.? (Baltasar Gracian).
The mediocrity ruling this whole world stems mainly from the fear of being rejected. This is a vicious circle: one repels the other for fear, and the other one in turn does exactly the same. Nobody likes everyone else; therefore, not being liked by some people doesn?t mean we are no good. All we need to do is find the persons that know our value and love us for whom we are.
Nobody expects us to be perfect. Qualities are very important, but defects may define personalities even better. They make us special. Without them, we would be some kind of scary robots, working endlessly, never smiling or shedding tears. What would life be without emotions? An artwork by Van Gogh, without colours, a blank page, so scary, so strange.
All things considered, it is true that we have a tendency of copying others, which is fine as long as we feel safe to open up and be ourselves: ?Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else?and failing? (Raymond Radiguet).
Acest eseu este castigatorul premiului oferit din partea juriului in cadrul?2012 Shakespeare School Essay Competition, grupa de varsta 15-19 ani.?Premiul a constat?intr-un voucher de reducere in valoare de 200 de lire pentru o tabara de limba engleza ?de 2 saptamani in Anglia oferit de Mirunette International Education, carti de la Fischer International si de la Carturesti si materiale promotionale de la Vitastal Consulting.?O?felicitam pe Cristina pentru ?eseul ei care s-a evidentiat din mii de eseuri trimise la concursul national de creatie in limba engleza organizat de Shakespeare School si ii uram mult succes in continuare!