“Academy Award winning actors have it all.”
“I’d die to become a TV star.”
“That sports star has it all. Money, a gorgeous partner, a mansion …”
“I’d be so happy if I had that model’s looks.”
Our children grow up believing that fame and fortune comes without its price. That the celebrities adorning their bedroom walls are the definition of happiness and that being well known equates to being well liked.
It’s all a lie.
Unfortunately, the events of the past month prove how false this theory is. First there was the giant of an actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, whose potential for further groundbreaking performances was destroyed at the hands of a drug addiction.
This morning I heard the sad news of the death of local model and television star, Charlotte Dawson. Apparently, she died as a result of debilitating chronic depression which she had experienced for some time.
Our celebrities are human. They make mistakes, they have bad habits and they have their ups and downs like we all do.
Instead of setting children up to believing that happiness lies in a bank balance or a golden statue, let’s show them how they can find some real happiness for themselves.
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