It’s easy to get lost in a world of music videos, polyamorous discussion threads and youtube videos that are as much advertisements as the commercials that interrupt them.
It makes you sit back and wish you had the money and attention of the rich and famous. Oh, the things that you could do if you had the money and fame of a celebrity.
Well, let me tell you, from the perspective of someone who has tasted just a small part of that success and creative circle in my life:
It’s empty. It’s vapid.
Fame fades. The same people who praised my work, 10-15-20 years ago, don’t know my name today.
Money dwindles. Once you start being seen in a lot of places, TV interviews, radio, online etc. on a regular basis, friends of their convenience come out of the wood work. People you went to high school with need loans. Less accomplished colleagues and acquaintances need help creating a project with little to no budget and benefitting no one but themselves, people in and on the periphery of the entertainment industry suddenly want to be your best friend and take prt in a fantasy lifestyle of parties, events, schmoozing and hookups. All on your dime, of course.
It occurs to me that I, and most people, probably have everything I need to be happy:
I have my art - a creative outlet that allows me to express my ideas and, if luck holds out, earn a living in this crazy world.
I have a roof over my head, food on my table and a circle of friends and family who live and support me.
That’s all I need. I can be happy with that, especially after having experienced the “high life”.
Accolades and applause fade. The mob is fickle. Don’t get sucked into believing that you should be working and struggling and striving to get noticed or attention from the world at large, in the hopes that fame and recognition will solve your problems. They won’t. And don’t believe the hype and extravagance. It’s fake. Smoke and mirrors.
Most famous people are as miserable and broke as you are, and the ones who aren’t broke are still miserable.
Be thankful for your loved ones and supporters. Keep them close and don’t let the fake world you see on a screen suck you into belueving it’s real. You probably have everything you need to be happy with your life, it’s just a matter of perspective.
Here's some art!:
Thanks for reading,