I've been watching E!'s True Hollywood Story on Selena Gomez and then watched all the cinematic gloriousness that is Katy Perry's California Dreams tour videos on her website.
I can't sleep because it's hot as a crotch in this apartment of mine. Apparently, before global warming (don't get me started), people could live in LA without central A/C. Living on the second story with nothing but a fan? (And a mediocre wall A/C?) HELP A SISTER OUT HERE.
Anyway, I just want to encourage everyone (at this trying time, aka our 20-something lives) to find someone you admire and research the heck out of them. Actually, you don't even have to like them. Maybe they have a job you aspire to have or something. I don't know. Just research, research, research. You'll probably find they had to struggle and fight the hard fight before they got what they wanted.
I remember the first thing I ever knew about Katy Perry was that she was a Christian singer and that she was dropped from her label three times before being signed, and was living in her car when she got her final deal. Now she's only been around three years (mainstream) and she's selling out arenas. That doesn't happen! Seriously. It doesn't. So I sit and watch her tour videos because they're so beautifully made (not to mention I find her incredibly endearing) but it also gets me revved up. "Wow, she wanted something and got it -- and then some." I know KP would agree with me when I say that God can dream bigger dreams than even we could have for ourselves.
Then there's little Selena. She might be young but the stuff I just watched has made me find a whole new respect for her. I am a tad bit fearful that children will see her and Justin Bieber's mom and be like, "I can have babies at 16 too, y'all! They're gonna be crazy talented and we's gonna be RICH!!!!!!" In case you didn't get it, both of their moms were 16 and Pregnant.
Selena talks about moving from Texas to LA, and how she was homesick and would cry herself to sleep here, and would call her family back home and talk about how much she hated this city. "But I couldn't give up. I couldn't." Ah, we are one in the same, my little Selenita. No homesickness will get the best of me, my friend. Granted, it probably helped that she was shooting not only one, but TWO pilots for Disney at this time of relocation -- meaning she had double the chances of getting on air than most kids. Any change of scenery is hard. (Cue Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces.")
Just hearing that a 16-year-old went through the same struggles I'm going through made me feel comforted. That might be moronic, but I don't even care at this point. Sometimes you just need to hear that others are going through the same thing (or went through the same thing) to raise your spirits and bring you back to reality. It really does put everything in perspective, and personally, it makes me more ambitious each time I read up on others I admire.
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” Lady Gaga, Cosmopolitan, April 2010