Role Models: Choose Them Wisely #31

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Rosa Parks

When I was writing perspective #30 It Was Just A Speech, I started thinking about how we live in a world where people who are deemed celebrities are placed on a high pedestal above everyone else. I began to wonder if all celebrities are truly worthy of their positions on those high pedestals. If you read perspective #30, then you know that I wrote about my feelings on the acceptance speech that Oprah Winfrey gave at this year’s Golden Globe Awards and the subsequent reactions from the public. As I was writing, I began to wonder if a woman whose name is not known world wide had gotten on the same stage and spoken the exact same words, would that unknown woman have received the same reaction as Ms. Winfrey, I might be wrong but I don’t think it would have been the same.

Why do some people place so much emphasis on what celebrities do and say, as if they are not regular human beings like all the rest of us is the question that came to mind. I started thinking about some of the people that young people choose as role models in today’s world. By no means am I placing judgement, because they may be better people than I am but some of those people don’t seem fit to be anyone’s role model. I thought back to when I was younger in my teenage years, which wasn’t that long ago, of course there were many entertainers whose talent I greatly admired, but I don’t remember ever considering a celebrity a real role model for my life like some children and teenagers do today, that’s probably because I grew up around good people who I wanted to emulate, people like my mother and father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, my godfather, teachers, neighbors and many of the other good people that I grew up around, they were the people I wanted to pattern my life after, they are the people who I felt like could change the world. I would name them, but that would make this post much longer than I would like, because there have been several people who have had a positive affect on my life and the way that I see the world, who I will always consider role models.

I believe that most people who are deemed celebrities have worked very hard to establish their careers and attain the success that they have. I think that we place celebrities on high pedestals because we are only looking at one side of their lives. We see the glitz and glamour and all the material possessions that being an entertainer allows them to have and we assume that they have perfect lives and we want that. It’s just my opinion, but I don’t think that material possessions have anything to do with the type of person that one is. I do not want anyone to think that I am being critical but I don’t think that all celebrities should be celebrated as much as some of them are. I wish that we lived in a world where all young people had good role models in their lives like I had when I was younger and still have til this day. I think it is perfectly alright for a child to look at a celebrity and want to achieve the success that they have but I feel that we should teach our children that the glitz, glamour and material possessions are only one side of a celebrity’s life. I think we should teach the children and teenagers in our lives about individuality, finding their own passion & purpose, about finding their own path to success in life, following it and not trying to be like anyone else because they are thought to have the perfect life, because truly the perfect life does not exist and people & things are not always as they seem.

That’s just my perspective💜

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