Celebrities are paraded out in ad after ad, meant to entice us to purchase this car or that bag. The idea is that we aspire to be like them and believe that if we own what they own we are one step closer to their orbit.
But who buys into that anymore?
Does anyone really trust that J.Lo or Charlie Sheen or Beyonce or Shaq really gives a crap about the product they’re stepping out of or holding, much less that they ever purchased that product for themselves?
Trust can’t be bought.
Aspiring to be like someone else leaves a hole in your soul.
Aspiring to be your full, authentic self, on the other hand… that is sexy and vibrant and compelling.
And there’s no need for fancy lighting or airbrushing or million dollar bling.
That moment of discovery, when you wake up to the realization that you aspire to be the most brilliant you possible, rather than someone else, and that an idolization of celebrities has shifted into an admiration for those who make an impact in the world… that is a moment of pure, life-affirming pleasure. Savor it, visit it whenever you start wading into self doubting compare-and-despair, and nurture it in yourself and others.
I promise, J.Lo won’t suffer for it. And you will FLY. xo