Fear of being ordinary…the disparity of relevance

We live in a world of celebrity. Curious, gobsmacking celebrity. Where random people become “rich and famous” for being on some reality TV channel. Where we worship at the alter of movie stars and models.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good movie, love great acting…but seriously…what does it say about us as humans that these are the people that make millions out of nothing but their celebrity? While the Doctors Without Boarders…risking real life and limb…scratch to put a few cents together. (And nurses, teachers….the list is long..)

Why are these ‘greats’ and often not so greats revered in our culture? (And bravo to those actors who use their celebrity to support really wonderful initiatives…Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman…)

With the explosion of social media, status is now measured by likes and followers…the influence you have on a crowd of fans. Tweet your latest designer purchase and it sells out. Like drugs to an addict. How seduced are we by this …we cannot even make choices for ourselves?

In a world of the ‘have’s’ and ‘have not’s’ there is also the ‘haves’ of celebrity…and then there is the rest of us.

This whole picture of celebrity mania creates the counter fear of being ordinary. An ordinary life is seen as a failed life for so many.

This is just plain wrong. Indeed statistically, there is more happiness in people who live ordinary lives that those who are constantly in the spotlight.

I heard a story the other day about a man who decided to simply and grow his own food. Someone said..seems like a poor use of the land. And the reply..not if you want to eat.

Ordinary doesn’t mean you cannot be an entrepreneur, an adventurer, an inventor, an artist…it simply means that the glittering prize of fame and fortune holds little to no attraction to you. After a day of giving your work its best a little house in a little street with a herb garden and the 1.2 kids…is perfect….

As Kevin Kelly wrote so well…perhaps it is not about millions, but 1000 true fans? I love that…1000 true fans is reachable for the most ordinary person….

I can actually connect with 1000 true fans. As in …build relationships…real ones…and I like that.

So while I like being different, quirky, at the frontiers…ordinary is just fine. Ordinary is great.

 

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