Plagiarism and when someone copies you...

SOMEONE BLATANTLY COPIED MY CONTENT, VERBATIM, HASHTAGS INCLUDED.
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Last night as I was mindlessly perusing local hashtags, I stumbled upon a striking post.
It was my exact content.
On someone else’s page.
With their own picture.
Claiming it as theirs.
Neither my name nor credit to me was anywhere in sight.
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I WAS FUMING.
I work very hard and pour my soul into the content I create. Many of my posts are like journal entries.
They are my written art and will some day be printed in my book.
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So, I took a screenshot, shared it to my stories and tagged their page.
I put on my calming ocean waves playlist and drifted off to sleep.
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I woke up this morning to a message from them asking me to take down my story as they had deleted the post.
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Immediately I plunged into a shame spiral.
Was I being over the top by calling them out?
Was it too much?
Perhaps I hurt their feelings... I’ve totally embarrassed them.
What will people think of me for calling them out?
Will they judge me?
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I decided to leave the post up.
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It’s uncomfortable for me to call someone out even when they deserve it.
It’s uncomfortable for me to stand up for myself.
It’s uncomfortable for me to speak my truth.
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I was taught to bite my tongue in order to save the other person.
I was instructed to hold back my truth even when what they were doing was wrong because it was inappropriate to upset people... a lady never made anyone upset.
I was taught that being passive was proper and the only way to make friends and have people like you.
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As a result I felt caged and stifled, unable to express my feelings in a constructive way.
I would bottle everything up and then one day explode like a ticking time bomb.
I shut people off and pretended everything was fine.
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So, I’m practicing what I preach and doing the work.
I’m journaling, reflecting and meditating.
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I’m showing up for myself just like I guide my clients to.
Im digging deep into the feelings coming up for me.
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How are you showing up for yourself today??

Jessica ZeinstraComment