I've been sitting here watching the rain outside my window for a few hours thinking of 2 current stories of fame that couldn't be more different. And I'm wondering if fame really changes people the way we are told it does. Or, if it simply magnifies who they've been all along?
I didn't know Mindy MCcready but it is sad how her life ended so tragically. So many people are saying that the music business destroyed her life. But the people who knew her seem to agree that she wasn't happy even before she found fame. And what may have been her biggest disappointment was that fame and fortune wasn't all it promised to be.
Then I thought of another celebrity that I met a few weeks ago. She found stardom through 8 minutes of television time on 'The X Factor" Her name is Panda Ross and she is an awesome singer with a personality that can't be beat. She really wasn't looking for fame. But, she wanted to meet Simon. Her audition is world- famous (see below) America fell in love with Panda.
Due to health issues she didn't get to actually compete with all the others as you can see on the video. But, when America decides they love you...It doesn't matter if you remain on TV or not.. She has over 6 million hits on that video. She has been able to get surgery that has let her lose more than 100 lbs.When she makes money she gives everything she possibly can to her church. She also travels the country talking to people who are having a hard time in life. Her life, at one point, was as hard as hard can get but she got through it. That is all part of her story. (second video)
The point is, with the exception of her health issues which I really don't know the details of...(how she raised money for her surgery etc.) Fame has not changed Panda one bit. It has only enhanced who she already was. And I think the same goes for any success. If you can't stand the person looking back in the mirror, then no amount of money or success is going to change that. It may distract you for awhile. But, if you love yourself, others and in Panda's case, love God, then fame, fortune and any form of success is only going to enhance all of that.
Big picture... While chasing our dreams, we shouldn't ever forget about the most important things Without the basic foundation of who we are, what we are worth win or lose, who and what we love and stand for, success of any kind will just feel hollow and meaningless.
But you know that I love hearing your opinions so leave a comment here or on facebook....
And now, a self indulgent plug... We, (my new little company The Stage Coach( www.mystagecoach.net ) will be doing a really fun, informative workshop in Houston at the end of April. Panda will be our featured guest. Check back on the site (either of them) for details!!!
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