The attendees of the Oscars last night, held right in my large backyard known as L.A., shone in glimmering splendor like the gold dust so generously flecked throughout the hills of the Gold Coast of California. Amazingly, after decades upon decades, there is still gold in them, thar hills.
I have to admit I’m out of touch these days with who’s who in Hollywood and I’m not particularly drawn to the whole glamour scene, but as I watched the Oscars last night, what touched me most was the authenticity of all those overly plastic, primped, propped-up people–that collection of gold flakes gathered from the hills and collected together to sell to you, the public. Each one of them was adorned in fine fabrics and beveled jewels, sending the silent message, “Pick me. Pick me!”
There’s a lot of raw gold out here in the epicenter of entertainment. And regardless of how it’s polished and presented, it is still authentic. I was saving ‘authenticity’ as the last topic of my BASIC NEEDS series of postings when the Oscars came along. Watching all the folks honored, especially all those in the trenches of the mines who develop anything from costume design to sound to an engaging original screenplay, what I saw were truly authentic people giving their hearts and their lives to a very unique, specific line of work that pushes them to exhaustion doing what they most love to do. It was a good example of authenticity and I found myself both inspired by them and quietly challenged to do the same. No, I don’t expect to spend my life’s energy in the entertainment business but I do commit to uncovering the greatness I know is inside me–that inborn light that allows me to shine as bright as possible.
Allow me this one moment to take center stage on my soap box . . . It’s important to do what it is you most want to do. Eventually, you may have no choice but to get yourself in proper alignment, like the smaller gold flecks and larger Afflecks have in Hollywood (personal lives and drama aside). Because if you don’t, one day you may feel sick enough inside that nothing can appease you because there is nothing authentic about you at all. Be prepared that when you realize who you are and what you are happiest doing or being, you might find you’ve gotten yourself so locked in to a life, a person, a job, a way of being that you cannot let your true self out. But you must allow yourself to shine. It’ll be a shame it took so long but far worse had you never done something about it.
Be yourself. Be happy with yourself. Do what fills your soul with joy.
What was your impression of the Oscars last night? How authentic are you in your life?