Want to be a Rockstar?
I live in Southern California.
It’s a land full of celebrities (or people who think they are).
In fact, I’ve seen about a 1/2 dozen these past two months at local businesses. These are individuals who live life publicly (either by choice or by default of their fame) and are continually surrounded by “fans”. I can’t even begin to imagine what life would be like in their shoes.
It’s always been interesting to see how people seek fame and once they get it, many choose to draw away from the public eye (understandably so). The lure of glamour, riches, and popularity soon take a back seat to the reality of living life in public and its impact on personal existence. I don’t think most of them would want to give up their fame, but I’m sure they live in this tension.
I suppose every human being has a desire to be affirmed and noticed. Becoming a celebrity is a larger than life version of that desire. Also, it’s not limited to one field. What ever profession you’re in, there’s bound to be a sub-culture of identifiable “rockstars”.
In my travels, I’ve met plenty of these “celebrities”. Some of them recognize that they are in their place of influence because they chose to pursue their passions and dreams. Some weren’t even looking for fame. Others recognize that some of it was definitely timing or knowing the right people.
On the other hand, there are those that are definitely trying to find fame in their respective field. These are what I called the “almost famous”. 🙂 Their desire for fame definitely shines through in their body language and/or in the way they carry a conversation.
I suppose my big question is “What is this all for?”
I recognize that there are several benefits for fame (e.g., more opportunities, resources, etc.). Becoming a rockstar is okay in my book as long as you consider why you want to be one. Quite honestly, some of the price people pay to “get there” includes relationships with family & friends, health, and a swerving away from true passions. If the end goal is simply stardom, I think it’s not worth it.
I think fame is okay as a natural by-product of pursuing one’s passion and purpose, but it definitely doesn’t serve us well when it becomes our goal in life. You will miss out on too much if it becomes your primary reason for existence.
My point? Focus on working hard to implement your passions rather than worrying about how popular you get.
Just some thoughts.