The actual truth about fame, immortality and being a poster on a wall

The only way to stand out from a crowd is to be the person on stage.

I can only begin to imagine what a rush it must be to perform in front of thousands of cheering fans.
That might explain why so many veteran musicians never seem to retire from the limelight.

There’s one debate in my head that still begs for a definitive answer.
Does an epic performance move into the realms of legend, or is it the performer who becomes legendary?
Perhaps this is a “both sides of the coin are equal” situation?

But after any show, the avid music lover can already decide which concert to attend next.
There is just so much happening in the world.
You only need to look at the sheer volume of entertainment releases and upcoming events each week to acknowledge how spoiled for choice we’ve become.

Even the most stellar events receive press coverage for a couple of days until it’s eclipsed by something new.
Perhaps it’s my imagination, but it seems like the flavor of the month hardly lasts a month these days?

But all of that being said, fame and the accompanying “fortune” still ranks as among the most coveted of human achievements.
Fame gives you immortality and you will live forever.
Or so I once thought.
We would like to believe that celebrities can somehow transcend the mortal coil.
But they can’t
And they also get forgotten.
Some just take longer to fade into obscurity.

Even decades after their heyday of fame stars like Elvis and Marilyn Monroe still capture the imagination.
There’s always one thing I wonder about though.
Who still remembers the actual people behind the celebrity personas?
People who spoke to those two iconic celebrities, shook their hands, sat down with them for long lengthy discussions— getting to know them?
How many of the people who sat down with those two stars are still alive?

We can pause here and ask ourselves the same question.
Who knows us, and who only knows about us?

Society would like us to believe we know people if we’ve heard about them.
It’s part of how interest is sustained in celebrities’ lives.
This fuels a whole media industry of reality shows and gossip!

But even the most famous of them all will one day also become nothing more than a footnote in history, a photograph in a glossy magazine, or a poster on a bedroom wall.

So while we’re still tangible representations of our photos we might as well hang out and enjoy life with those who know us personally.
They like and love us despite our lack of fame.
Within this moment it’s worth more than any amount of cheering from a faceless crowd who might forget us tomorrow.