A thought I discovered recently:

When you fail to imitate whoever/ whatever you are trying to imitate, you become a more authentic version of yourself.

The failing is good. If I took photographs that looked just like the photographs I admire, my wouldn't look like my pictures.  

This newly planted thought has brought me so much peace. All too often I feel like I've failed when I failed to imitate. 

Nope, just becoming more fully myself, one failed imitation at a time.