|What happens when you get famous?|
What happens when you get rich AND famous? Or what about if you were famous but not necessarily rich, but then you get an aura such that your value is perceived to be more than riches and money?
Well, first of all if you become rich AND famous too, you can buy a nice car, invest your money, generally make requests of other people who wouldn*t entertain the thought of fulfilling them if you weren*t famous...and basically that*s it...the rest of it is that your family still loves you.
On the other hand, if you got famous and not necessarily rich, but then you get an aura wherein people believe your value is more than gold or riches, then people start offering things to you, whatever they own actually, then they start to let you know you*re loved. Then you stare at them like THEY don*t know what the hell it is they*re talking about when they praise you, and that*s basically it.
Also, your family tells you it*s just that the world doesn*t know how ordinary and boring you are. Just kidding. They love you just the same then ask you to please continue your house chores.
What about people of the opposite sex suddenly desiring and dreaming about you?
Well that too, yes.
Let*s now dwell on that concept of swell-headedness...
And this thing called "fame"...This is when almost everybody knows your name, or who you are...Not necessarily because you did something heroic or beautiful, it*s just that so many know you...it*s just that: being well-known. That*s fame.
My opinion is, if you were truly insecure about your place in the world, then there*s always a possibility that your head would swell, perhaps when you realize that there are so many people willing to die for you, or even to kill for you, whichever applies.
However, if something is true anyway, the number of people who know this truth does not affect your reality. For example, I*ve always been told I wrote well, I*ve won awards for script-writing and all that...What happens to you if suddenly, the world discovers your writing and you*re an instant celebrity? Nothing. I*ve always tried my best when I wrote scripts, and also when I was a journalist, so it*s not like I*ve gotten better now that the world knows about my writing.
Same with being liked by the opposite sex. Before being celebrated by the world for understanding what love really means, I was already famous in my hometown and suitors were already crying if I turned them down. Nothing was new when suddenly populations of men in various countries have courted me and desired my love...they still cry by the way...but this has always happened, and back then when I was younger, when this was happening too, my head didn*t swell either.
But what did I THINK of all this clamour for my hand, and my love?
Well, it*s the SAME THING I THOUGHT when boys cried as I turned them down when I was very young. One even tried to commit suicide so I sent his friends over to rescue him. And??? What did I think of the clamour back then? Nothing. I just figured that since men were lining up to court my aunts and my sister, and even my mother (she was married and young guys were courting her! They wouldn*t believe she had three kids. Try wrapping your head around that one.), then all this was a very normal thing. And the crying guys and the tears?? My Mom told me about it. She said it was perfectly normal.
So now that this is happening all over again, do people think my head has swelled, because it involves so many nations and so many men? I just said, "Hey isn*t it normal for American actresses to be desired by so many men in many different countries? I guess when people talk about you so much this really happens." Look, I knew I wasn*t beautiful. But the guys said I was. So I said, believe what you want to believe. I still don*t think I*m beautiful.
But fame DOES change you, RIGHT???
To us, him and me, and for many famous people I know, fame is a very strange thing. It does not feel real. How can your head swell if something does not feel real? There IS something that*s real though....your group of admirers. You DO feel a responsibility to take care of them because it*s as if they*re depending on you for their happiness and oftentimes they do. But what you don*t understand is why they feel this way about you.
I think the difference between a swell-headed person and one who is still very level-headed is that the swell-headed person starts thinking of how he/she could use this fame, like what sorts of illicit things could be gotten that haven*t been obtained before one was well-known or how one could use people and all that offensive stuff. On the other hand, the one who*s still level-headed never crosses that line. For him or her the issue is still living one*s life the way one would anyway regardless of whether there are many people who admire you or not.
And maybe many people can*t relate to what I*m saying at all. They don*t get that YOU don*t feel the things THEY*RE feeling about YOUR fame. Being famous or well-known never brings the kind of victorious feeling that other people always imagine comes to famous or well-known people.
This is NOT to say that the love and admiration of other people don*t matter. They do. I am grateful to all who admire or love me. Their love makes me strong, able to cope with whatever it is evil people decide to do to me. Everyone is grateful for love anyway and by the way, this is how HE feels about all who love him as well.
We feel the same way about being well-known: we*re still the same as before, still wanting the very same things in life (happiness and love). It*s just that there are more people who know us now.
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