We hear it all the time … that epic quote attributed to Andy Warhol about everyone getting their 15 minutes of fame. Have you had your 15 minutes? Are you still waiting? Have you had more? Do you even want it?
Fame is definately in the eye of the beholder, and I’ve become so conscious of people wanting to be famous for doing pretty much nothing, kids desperate to get onto a reality tv show so they can become famous, with no regard as to how it could possibly have any negative effects. What about celebrities whose privacy is constantly being invaded by the paparazzi, trying to get that exclusive shot, no matter the cost … I bet fame isn’t all its cracked up to be when you can’t get the mail without a full face of makeup, lest you appear in a magazine titled “celebrities without their faces on”.
I’ll admit it … when I was a little girl, I thought it would be awesome to be famous. As a teenager in the 80’s, it still seemed pretty appealing. But when I hit my 20’s, and I watched the news footage of Princess Diana’s death whilst being pursued by paparazzi on motorbikes, that’s when the illusion of the wonders of being famous faded for me.
But, again, fame is in the eye of the beholder and you don’t have to be famous to stand in the limelight. There are levels of fame … notoriety, renown, popularity, stardom, reputation and prominence. Perhaps you would like to stand out in your field, whatever that may be. Maybe you would like to stand centre stage in a local musical theatre production. It can be something that is recognised, or maybe you managed a walk around the block today and you are feeling pretty darn good about that. The limelight can be whatever you want it to be … an award, applause, a pat on the back, recognition or just shouting yourself a latte because you had a great week. Don’t brush off your achievements … celebrate them!