“Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.
Wheter you like it or not,
Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.”
~Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess~
Fame is exciting, motivating, whimsical, depressing, destructive, and wonderful. People have gone to the ends of the earth to find it and hold onto it. I love the reality check that Dr. Seuss throws in here. “Except when they don’t because sometimes they won’t”. Life can’t always be a mountain top view. Being at the top is fun, but completely unrealistic. No one gets a free helicopter ride to the peak of the mountains of life. You have to get out the grapple and hook and start climbing. And once you get there, what are you going to do? Stay there forever? In order to move on with life, you must keep moving. Sometimes that means going back down to the valleys. Sometimes that means finding an even bigger mountain to climb. However, it is times “when they don’t” praise you and applaud you that really let you live. Those are the times when you aren’t living for someone else. Those lonely games can teach the most valuable lessons. God’s will and your own personal expectations should be the only benchmarks for success. Comparing yourself to others won’t get you anywhere, expect maybe into a deep abyss of insecurity and unhapiness. Don’t go there. That is not a neccessary part of the journey. Rise above the temptation to base your own success on someone else’s failure. Or worse, the temptation to label your own efforts as worthless because of what you see others doing. It’s a waste of time, energy, talent, and a perfectly wonderful you.