Remember the glamour and wonder of old Hollywood? When the personal lives of the silver screen stars were a mystery and the glitz and glitter seemed a world away from our mundane lounge room existence.
Now, we are treated to celebrities and their lives – in glossy detail – on social media platforms, websites and newsfeeds, whether we’re looking for it or not. This generation of entertainment consumers seems to aspire to the dizzying heights of fame and followers, rather than being inspired by talent and character. Although there are plenty of artists in all areas of the entertainment industry who offer both in bucketloads.
So what makes those celebrities so popular whose main claim to fame is, well, being famous? Are we so destitute of our own dreams and purpose that we begin to live vicariously through these people who seem to ‘have it all’? Or is it that the fear of failure halts us in our tracks before we even begin to try?
No matter our position in life, perceived or otherwise, those dreams we harbour deep in our souls are the keys to our fulfilled lives – not just existence. While I am seen to work in the creative industries, I believe that we all operate in a level of creativity no matter in what field or profession we are employed.
So take a look closer to home. What are your passions? Where do you excel? Make your life count by pursuing those things that make your heart beat faster, stir your energy and put a smile on your face. You will find meaning and purpose in your own life and in the lives around you, and look less to the shooting stars of fame whose light glimmers for a moment until the next one comes along. And the people who matter will cheer you on.
Invest in yourself. You’re the only one we have.