You Don’t Have to be Famous to be a Rockstar… When I biked my way to the beach earlier this month, I had to peddle as hard as I could into the wind. It wasn’t easy overcoming the obstacles in my path, but once I set my focus on my destination, everything fell into place. I’m so glad I made it to the beach that day because what I witnessed there inspired me to write this post.
As I was relaxing in the sun, exhausted but thrilled at having arrived, a thin, shirtless man in skinny jeans and sunglasses walked onto the beach with his children. It was a gorgeous day and the beach was starting to fill up with people. He set down their things not too far from me and I didn’t think anything of it until a few minutes later he pulled out a shiny guitar, plugged it into his amp, and began to play the most incredible rock and roll I ever heard! Riff after riff, this guy was on fire!
At this point I couldn’t help staring at him behind my sunglasses as I tried to figure out who this guy was. His fingers flew over the strings and made it look effortless. He played from the heart and his music told a story: that no matter what was going on in the world, everything was gonna be all right.
Do What You Love, And You Will Shine Brighter Than The Sun
This guitarist had the look of a true rockstar and certainly had the talent of one, so I naturally assumed he was somebody famous. He was so good that I actually felt foolish for not knowing who he was. So you can imagine my surprise when I overheard a passerby strike up a conversation with him and find out that he was just an ordinary local guy who loves to play the guitar and share his music with people. I was blown away that a guy with that much talent wasn’t a famous musician, but then I quickly realized he didn’t need to be.
You don’t have to be famous to be a rockstar, do the things you love, and make a difference in this world. Forget about getting on the cover of People magazine or in today’s headlines. Focus on following your passions in life, planning for your future, and helping other people. The guitarist on the beach beamed with happiness because he was enjoying something he loved to do and was sharing his music with us. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t a lead guitarist in a famous band, or that he wasn’t raking in millions from concerts. He was simply jamming on the beach having a great time and enjoying the moment.
Forget About Glitz, Glamour, And Mega Riches
We live in a world where we grow up believing that glitz, glamour, and fancy cars are symbols of having “made it.” Celebrities are idolized with there fancy cribs, au couture, and personal assistants waiting on their hand and foot. I’m sure a lot of you probably grew up fantasizing about becoming a rich movie star, being on ESPN, or signing a major record deal and going on tour.
I wanted more than anything to be a famous singer and actress when I was a teenager, but thank goodness I didn’t get anywhere close to that happening. I’m sure it would have been exhilaratingly fun in the beginning, but I think I would have ended up hating my life! Our society is so obsessed with celeb gossip and waiting for famous people to crumble and fall that it’s no wonder so many of them assault paparazzi, can’t stay in a long-term relationship, and go completely off their rocker.
Work where you want…Live how you want…Be who you want to be
On the other hand, those of us who live an untemplate lifestyle know what it’s like to work hard to live the life we want, and we’re pretty well grounded because of it. We’re focused on our own end game – not what everybody else thinks we should be doing, we make our own goals and stick to them, and we set high expectations of ourselves.
Most of us can name a CEO, self made millionaire, or successful business owner that we admire and look up to, but we also appreciate and recognize how hard they had to work to get to where they are today. A lot of ordinary people don’t realize this though, young folks especially, and that worries me.
Don’t Let The Media Cloud Your Definition of Success and Entitlement
I was talking to some parents at a dinner party recently and they were telling me how worried they are about the future of their teenage boys. One mom said her son just doesn’t apply himself and is always looking for shortcuts and cheats to avoid doing any work. She anxiously told me he has no interest in school or getting a job.
The curious thing she told me is she thinks that all the media hype about young billionaires like Zuckerberg are blinding her son’s perceptions of the real world. She feels as if her son has been brainwashed into believing that it’s a piece of cake to start your own company right out of school, that it’s okay to have a big ego and scoff at people with 10-20-30 years of work experience, and that he actually has a shot at becoming mega rich in his 20’s without breaking a sweat.
Set Realistic Targets and Write Your Own Definition of Having “Made It”
I certainly don’t envy that mom! I hope she knocks some sense into her son soon and gets him to take a part time job or something so he’ll get a reality wake up call and realize that it takes a lot of effort to make money in this world, and that his future isn’t going to be handed to him on a silver platter. I’ve seen more and more traces of this sense of entitlement in recent college grads too and it’s frustrating that so many young people think they should be paid big salaries with miniscule experience and minimal effort.
No matter how old or young you are, don’t get caught up in the hype that success only happens if you become famous and super rich. Success is whatever you make it out to be, and the more achievable you make your goals, the more happiness you’ll unfurl. Pick up a guitar here if you want to to live a musician’s dream. However, you don’t have to be famous to be a rockstar! Fame and mega riches sure can seem appealing, and who doesn’t dream of being waited on hand and foot, but please slap yourself straight – they’re both overrated and will not guarantee happiness. Put your happiness into your own hands!!
Untemplaters, do you have aspirations of becoming famous? Why do you think our society is so obsessed with celebrities? Do you agree that you don’t have to be famous to be a rockstar? What is your definition of success and what level of fame, if any, would you want it to bring?