Fame and Fortune – A Goal that Needs to be Evaluated

Along the same train of thought:  While rock music is entertaining and can encourage a lifestyle –  An artistic quest for fame has been scientifically studied and this ‘rock star-drive’ can lead to problems.
A rock and roll lifestyle may be most known to include risk-taking – especially in partying and extreme behaviour.  I have toned that down a lot – having learned what is best for my health.  I used to go sky-diving, cliff-jumping, fast-driving and party every night.  I have learned that if I want to live to see my kids grow old and happily, then the rock and roll lifestyle must we watered down.  It is very important to follow professional advice, and live fully, but observe moderation when indulging.  I have always stayed clear of hard drugs.  It just makes sense for good health to avoid danger and work to minimize risks.
We may want to live famously – and that’s alright.  Be popular and have fun, but don’t necessarily expect real fame and fortune to just happen  – no matter how talented you are.  I play a lot of guitar and sing.  Fame means money.  Now I realize that there are so many things that need to connect (other than drive and even talent).  For example: connections, timing, location – then talent, drive, charisma, Stability, work, work, work ;  it is a very unlikely goal: to be famous.  Even when it seems like it is possible- it is still one in a million.  What has often become apparent is that it may not be that great even if you do get there.  It can actually be more difficult and stressful than the life you lead now.  Be popular for the right reasons – like promoting a good lifestyle for yourself and others.  If you have that now – ask yourself why is fame necessary.  Living in the spotlight can be a nightmare.  Even money may cause problems.  It can lead to excess that may turn out to wear you down. Yah, sometimes I am sure: Fame is awesome.  Sometimes a simple working life is far better.
The stretch for fame can cause behaviour that leads to problems such as stigma, other social issues, injury and burn-out.  I’m not saying ‘don’t reach for the stars,’ but just be grounded and realistic when you do.  Take care of your health first.
Cool Cat  
Lead singer for a hot rock and roll band,
Half human, and always half in the can,
Youth idol, wonder if it’s all been planned,
Just sometimes, at least that one in a grand,
Hound for the ladies, who handles them well,
How’s it going now, I’m busy can’t you tell?
You’re so cool. You’ve got a big attitude,
You’re super human to some, when they’re in the mood,
Good looking and at least half-way sexy,
Bad manners, makes you look like you are free,
Sharp shooter, and as tough as nails can be,
Not mean, but careless, at least one in three,
Hound for the bottle, handles it well,
How’s it going; – go straight to hell,
You’re so cool. You’ve got an attitude,
You’re just so charming to some, when you’re in the mood,  
You go dude,
That loser has just never been too cool,
Can’t understand why sometimes you’re a fool,
Changing ways, and then with a little luck,
Cool for a while, until you get star struck,
You suck,
Social butterfly, just says the right thing,
Slow to start, but now you have got something,
Quite smooth, hey – after all you learned to sing,
Nice groove, still waiting for the phone to ring
Hound for the music, may handle it well,
How’s it going now, just swell,
That loser, he wishes he could be cool,
Can’t understand that he is just a fool,
Changed your ways, and then with a little luck,
Slick as oil, and the solid gold you’ve struck,
I’m feeling cool, some kind of attitude,
You’re always lucky, when you’re in the mood,
You’re so cool, a genuine attitude,
Who’s cool?

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