When our ideas are imitated, we hit a milestone, where two things have happened.
1. We produced an idea desirable enough to want to imitate.
2. The idea is clear enough that it is obvious when it is imitated.
And the opportunity here, is to own this flattery and encourage others to iterate on your work, instead of shutting it down.
The truth is, nothing is truly original, and every one of our works lies on a trajectory of ideas that keep evolving.
The most profound artists all set the stage for the next generation to come.