Most of us glorify the lives of the “celebrities”. We mistake the glitz and glamour of these personalities with happiness and contentment. Just like the masses, I too, was in awe with the “life of a star”. This mirage, however, shattered after reading about a top female celebrity fighting depression.
After reading more about such other celebrities, I found that these “famous people” missed the “normal life”. Mundane activities like grocery shopping, walking on the beach or eating street food became impossible for them. It became difficult for them to step out in public without having people suffocate them for autographs and photographs. Spending birthdays and festivals with their families became rare due to their shooting schedules all over the world, throughout the year. These celebrities have fans surrounding them everywhere they go, proclaiming their love for them. But what they love about these celebrities is limited to what’s written in the tabloids and shown on screens.
In an exclusive interview about fighting depression, Deepika Padukone said “Being sad and being depressed are two different things. Also, people going through depression don’t look so, while someone sad will look sad. The most common reaction is, ‘How can you be depressed? You have everything going for you. You are the supposed number one heroine and have a plush home, car, movies… What else do you want?’”.. The perception of celebrity life equals happy life is slowly fading. We just fantasize about having an A-lister lifestyle. But do we really need a life where, what we wear and what we speak is scrutinized and blown out of proportions? Being a public figure, doesn’t mean you’re every move should be exposed in the public. Nobody wants to read about their alleged hook ups and break ups displayed on newspaper stands.
Just like the Chinese Ying & Yang, there are good and bad things associated with this lifestyle. ”Normal” or “famous”, we need to learn to be content with what we have. We must stay true to our roots and not let the material things contaminate us.