Celebrities get depressed too. Yes you read right, the super rich and famous don’t have it all, they may seem to on the surface but many are not complete just because they have wealth, recognition, and status. Materialism is NOT a negative thing, neither is money or the possession of it but what really matters is maybe not what it first seems.
Money and fame are not the answer to a life of fulfillment
Each celebrity shares their own view of their situation of living with success and wealth that many of us can only dream of. Our first natural reaction might be “well they can say they that because they have it all! If I had more money then I sure would be damn happy!”.
It is a natural right, we seem to have social and wealth status that segregate people into categories of lower class, middle class, upper class and elite but I often question this…
Are the pyramid of wealth and social status the same as the pyramid of happiness and more importantly, ‘contentment’? Would each person still be in the same position on the pyramid if we measured people’s status by their ability to be content rather than what they had in their bank account?
Some wealthy people, or those that are not lower or upper class, have to work hard to achieve what they have but tend to sacrifice a lot to get it. From their health, their relationships or simply their peace of mind. So then we must ask, is achieving great wealth and fame the best goal to set ourselves? Is this what we are alive for? Maybe or maybe not.
Maybe or maybe not.
Doing things you love, being with people you care about and being compassionate
To reiterate, as I said earlier, money is not bad and neither is the pursuit of it, it only becomes a problem when you make it your only goal and the symbol of you ‘feeling’ like a success in life and the only thing that could possibly have any chance of bringing you happiness. What happens if you don’t get the wealth and fame? What happens if you never reach your goals? What then? It is important to enjoy your life
What happens if you don’t get the wealth and fame? What happens if you never reach your goals? What then? Or what if you get what you have been aiming for but still feel emptiness?
It is important to enjoy your life now and appreciate what you already have, look after your health, do the things you love with passion, master them, be around people that love you and friends that appreciate your way of thinking and having fun.
Do not make money and fame your only goal
I, the founder of Battle of Mind, was a victim of the materialistic thinking, most of us are, to think that ‘a good life’ is the one where you have endless amounts of money so can do what you like and why I studied architecture over fine art and graphics only to graduate at the world economic recession leaving no architect jobs in the entire part of the UK I lived in. If there is a god then he certainly was teaching me an important and painful lesson.
If there is a god then it was certainly teaching me an important and painful lesson.
What can we learn from this video?
Do things because you love them, live for the people you love, love life’s journey as no matter how it feels, it doesn’t last forever and love the process of every day. Money might one day land in my lap as what I now do for my career I am very passionate about and
Money might one day land in my lap if I remain hardworking and have a lucky break, as what I now do for my career I am very passionate about and love doing. Even so if my bank balance does increase, my relationship with money and materialism since my personal experience in 2008 has completely altered how I see the world and I have a new perception of reality that seems to make more sense.
- Live life with compassion and love in my heart
- Genuinely want to help others when I can.
- Accept not everyone will agree with you and not ready to let go of how they set their own worth.
- Do what I love as much as I can and make that my goal.
- Enjoy every moment of life not just reaching the goals. Grow from the pain and share in successes.
- Live in the moment, appreciate the time spent
I now know I had the wrong perception when I was in my early 20s now I know John Lennon was right…
‘All you need is love’.