You’re always going to fear appropriating someone else’s something else when creating, but that’s just one of myriad fears that conspire to discourage creativity. You have to create in the face of everything. That’s where the beauty of doing it resides, in not letting fear and negativity extinguish the flame searching for meaning, drawn to the compulsive oxygen of the audience, where everything is completed, and all is made one. It’s a sublime symbiosis between the creator and those of us who love art. As Pat Benatar sang in “We Belong,” a song written by the late David Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro:
We belong to the light, we belong to the thunder,
We belong to the sound of the words, we’ve both fallen under,
Whatever we deny or embrace, for worse or for better,
We belong, we belong, we belong together.