Monday, April 8, 2013
Pageviews Don't Mean A Thing Baby
I blog out of the need for self expression, I blog because I like it, I blog because I like commentary, I blog because I have a lot to say. I am not here for pageviews, spam and internet famous glory(whatever that is). Now that I'm done explaining the purpose for why I'm here, I'd like to share with you an issue. The issue at hand is "obsessive claim to fame", people are willing to get famous for any and everything, but why, you may ask,let me tell you.
As a young girl I wanted to be a singer. I always imagined being on stage in front of a large audience,wearing something sparkly and getting massive applause. Celebrities, actors,actresses, musicians, these immensely popular individuals are often put in the spotlight for great things, and some not so great things. From receiving an award, to receiving massive amounts of criticism on your red carpet style it's obvious being famous is a 50/50 kind of thing. Beyond the reception famous people receive, what many people crave is reception period. Whether it's bad reception or good, people like to feel recognized, it's almost like now they have been given permission to exist.
Applause, is positive reception for something that you've done. Many people lack an applause in their life, they don't get recognition from others. We are a recognition craving society, there's never enough focus on merely being happy with yourself. Half the celebrities you see on television didn't get the place their in because they wanted to be famous it's because they wanted to act, they wanted to sing. I truly believe the most successful actors and singers and artists are the ones who act with pure intentions and those are the ones we constantly see, those are the ones who produce inspiring material because their hearts are in. God bless the celebrity who knows how to practice self recognition!
Self recognition, self love it sounds hockey, but these are practices that are painfully neglected. There's many campaigns for body peace, but what about inner peace? The moment you bring up inner peace, people zone out and you can here the humming meditation music in the background. Inner peace is all about acknowledging who you are and loving it, finding comfort in yourself, but for some reason the opinion you have of yourself doesn't come off as powerful as the opinion of someone else. You should be able to look at yourself in the mirror and be so content with what you see, not looking for someone else to confirm your beauty.
You don't need someone else to confirm your success, define success on your own terms strive for that in the way you can, and be content with you. The relationships you establish with others, have entire movies, films, and songs dedicated to them, but why in our society aren't we driven to build a healthy relationship with ourselves? The reason behind the lack of promotion of self recognition and self love, is because when you figure out that your life is to be lived by you, and for you, because you are worth it, that's when you find a new level of control. Taking ownership of your life is terrifying to various industries and people, because now you're aware of the strings that once bounded you.
You must practice paying attention to yourself, practice, recognizing your own work, because others can't see things the way you do, they will not understand the work you do, the way you do. They will not have a first hand perception of your struggle, nor will they have a first hand perception of your success. You are enough, do what you do for you. Many people will tell you "do what you love and the money will flow", if you're doing what you love, you've already won, regardless of the money. I am Dinesha Renee Johnson, I am a blogger, and I am not here for pageviews.