I love watching famous people in real life; not because I am fascinated by their stature and fame but rather because I love seeing just how REGULAR they actually are. Last night I had the privilege of watching and listening to celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson perform at club Mur Mur in the Borgata in Atlantic City.
What strikes me most about the regularity of the famous is just that — they are no different than you or me. I know that this is not a ground-breaking observation, but what it is is a reminder to be true to who and what we are. We live our lives in awe and admiration of celebrities that we really know nothing about. We watch train-wreck reality TV shows to make ourselves feel better about our own lives, we imagine that our lives would be more charmed with money, and we live in constant discontent, exhausted from the constant comparisons we make judging ourselves against others.
Many of us live the charmed lives that we dream about without even ever realizing it. Not surprisingly, those with the seemingly most charmed lives are actually not living the glamorous life that we think they are.
Samantha Ronson is no one I would ever notice in the street. She is small, grungy, unimpressionable, and yet uniquely and impressively herself. Her spinning last night created a world in and of itself — she had the dance floor and every spare inch of Mur Mur packed with a waiting list to come in, yet the most stand-out element of her entire show was her focus. She never took her eyes off of the mixing deck, her passion for spinning mixes was displayed through her intensity on the music and sounds.
What Samantha Ronson reminded me last night is that life is really not much different from her eyes in the DJ booth versus my eyes on the dance floor. People are people; life is life and it is up to us, not our position in life, to determine whether or not our life is charmed.