The Cult of Celebrity and the Ticking Clock

The Cult of Celebrity and the Ticking Clock

With Superbowl LI in the bag, the long winter is officially upon us. I don’t know about you, but for me this decade of life seems chock full of deja vu. The names and feats of athletes, rock stars, politicians, and public figures seem all too familiar. Albeit spectacular at times, we’ve all seen a lot of spectacular at this point, and it doesn’t always hold the weight it once did. Celebrities grab our attention, but not for long. We begin to realize, while the distraction entertains, in the end it doesn’t matter much.

The Passivity of Celebrity Culture

I’m going to throw something out there, and you can decide if you want to reel it in. It’s easier to watch someone else’s successes than it is to build our own. So while the cult of consumerism keeps us dissatisfied, the cult of celebrity keeps us docile. There is nothing wrong with celebrating others’ accomplishments, and I’m not demonizing celebrities. It’s fine to watch your favorite team, singer, movie — we all need to relax and escape. But we have a problem when their accomplishments are put on a pedestal, and ours are neglected, or worse, not pursued. What I’m saying is that by overly focusing on celebrity, we give ourselves permission to slide, to be spectators instead of in the game. The time and thought we spend in adulation, or even envy, could be spent tangibly improving ourselves.

Cult Celebrity and the Ticking Clock

This matters now more than ever because we are late in the third quarter here, folks. We have 20 to 30 years left to make a dent, leave a legacy, see the world, and enjoy the people we love. But we can’t do it from the bench, watching someone else’s game. The accomplishments of others are admirable and inspiring, but they are not enough. Make a plan and think about what matters, and how you can realize your goals and dreams while you still have time. There will always be another big game, but there are only so many we get to suit up for.  Make sure you’re the MVP of yours. Godspeed, man over fifty.

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