It’s funny.

The older I get, the less interested I am in attaining personal fame.  I dunno, it’s something about college that makes you realize how little that type of fame matters when it comes to life.  Sure, with fame comes a hefty dose of self-confidence boosts and temporary happiness, but for the most part, it’s fucking shallow and useless, especially in a society as media-saturated as ours.  We mindlessly drift from phenomenon to phenomenon, forgetting the last in favor of staying up to date.

You know, it’s funny.  All those things mom and dad used to tell you when you’re a kid—those little bits of advice here and there—you don’t realize the magnitude of what they’re trying to teach you until you start getting your feet wet in the world of adulthood.  

You start to see all the experiences, the trials, sacrifices, and emotions that went into something as simple as “always treat others fairly.”  Realizing that you have to fork over $900 for apartment payments triggers a “save as much money as you can.” Hours and hours of dance practice leading to the opportunity to perform onstage in front of thousands of people becomes something like “give it your all in everything you do, and live every moment of it.”  Sitting in lecture, at a prestigious university, learning the intricacies of quantum mechanics, macroeconomics, and differential equations, setting a pathway for a six-figure salary career, results from a constant “do your homework!” thanks to Mom.

You see what really matters.  It’s not about how many people you know or how many followers you have, but rather, it’s about getting to know people, bonding with them, and sharing experiences of a lifetime with them.  It’s about kindness, about spreading love, you know, of being there for those you love and care about.  It’s about going through trials and making sacrifices with and for each other.  It’s about good friends.  It’s about family.  

You think to yourself “well of course, Nico!  That’s just common sense!”

Well, of course it is, and that’s what makes it so profound.  We take things like this for granted, and forget to realize just how important friends and family are to us.  We’re lost in this senseless pursuit of fame and monetary riches, forgetting and sometimes leaving behind or trampling over those who would always be there for us, thick and thin.  We look for complements and recognition from faces we will soon forget rather than giving love and care to those who need it most.  

To put it simply, don’t get blinded by the pursuit of fame.  You’ll end up surrounded by countless people, and yet feel profoundly alone.

Stay true to your friends, and stay true to your family.  They are the ones who matter most.