Have you ever been thinking of switching places with all those people, who you watch on TV, and who represent everything you’d like to become one day? Have you ever sighed with admiration while seeing all these ideal men and women, who are not only beautiful, but also extremely successful in life? Have you ever faced thoughts ‘If I had such a figure and legs/If I were so muscular my life would be completely different’? What makes us follow their lives with such a curiosity? What makes us believe in all these fanciful rumors related to their lives? Why do we take them for granted?
Pop culture creates certain canons of beauty and success, which determine who we are or who we’d like to become. Is it really good to go along with the crowd? Is it good to undergo widespread brainwashing? Maybe it would be better to have your own opinion? Teenagers are the group which is especially prone to negative influence of pop culture, because they’re still in the process of shaping their personality and true self. It doesn’t mean that adults don’t get influenced by different fashions and temptations offered by widely promoted life-style and tinsel of silver screen. I don’t really want to negate the success gained by clever and talented people, who thanks to their passions and hard work, reached the top of popularity and respect in their own circles! You should really pattern yourself on them! Are these truly talented people the ones who catch our attention? Or maybe we are more interested in celebrities and lap-dogs, who are desperate to be on TV, despite being deprived of any talents?
Imagine you could switch places with one of your favourite celebrities for one day … yes … the whole 24 hours! You start thinking … yes … that’s it! Now I will live to the fullest … shitload of money … lots of fame … what to want more? Listen … it may blow your mind! Indeed, there will be money, there will be fame … but it’s only a feeble construction presented to average viewers to make us not believe our eyes and admire others’ lives. The truth is that lots of them are not really better than you, on the contrary! Celebrities’ good luck is often supported by connections and temporary demands of the market. Think how difficult it is to hide your imperfections, while pretending to be someone else than you are! How hard it is to pretend that you are smarter than you are … an expert on everything and nothing! How tough it is to take care of your faultless look, especially if the nature wasn’t generous to you here or there? Have you ever had an impression that looking at you silver screen faces are fake … a perfect creation of one plastic surgeon? Artificially lifted cheeks, pouty lips and motionless faces? Is it really an amazing effect of a beetroot diet or an interference of skilled surgeons? Have you ever been thinking of the addictions, depressions and other mental illnesses they face? The pressure put on them is high enough to make seemingly strong people break just like tree twigs. Of course, money doesn’t stink … and we often say that the ones who claim that money doesn’t bring happiness simply don’t have it! Attention! Make money! Be successful! But only thanks to your own work and talent … not thanks to humbugerry, and building the image of yourself, which is only a poor imitation of the person you’d like to be!
You should watch TV, listen to music, browse the Internet … but be critical! Don’t accept everything you see or hear! Analyze the facts! Don’t compare yourself to celebrities, as at the end of the day, after removing their make-ups and having the next drink … they are no better than you, on the contrary!
Look for the beauty in yourself! Follow your passions! Thanks to hard work and persistence you will gain much more than celebrities, your success will be lasting and satisfaction genuine and invincible.
See you around!