After probably 100 or was it 1,000 (LOL) blog posts without a rant, one of my pet peeves was bothering me today. It all has to do with LABELS and people thinking it is not good enough to just be themselves. I call it
Little Princesses Need To Remain Originals.
I see appendages of people in society, big time celebrity's GIRLFRIEND, Johnny Carson's sidekick, DAUGHTER of the mayor, Lindsey Lohan's BOYFRIEND, a big shot REALTOR's ho hum assistant, Sarah Palin's dancing daughter. NONE of us are appendages or just LABELS of another even if the other draws more star power.
A little princess is always precious to the world ALL IN HER OWN RIGHT. OK, Ed McMahon carved out his own identity seeming to play straight man in the shadows. But what irks me is the star power one in the relationship often treats the labeled one like CRAP, never even using their first name. Treating people like THINGS. It is so a lack of respect and arrogance to the max thing coming from the more well known one.
The WORST beyond that lack of R-E-S-P-E-C-T from the more recognized one is the labeled one seems to think they must fit into that role of assistant, girlfriend, sidekick etc. ONLY and they start to lose their own identity or are just playing a ROLE. Everyone is supremely important with a first, middle, and last name given to them by their parents and the road they have traveled is equally valid in life. They are not LESSER beings!! They need to EXERT their originality.
Sometimes others will say of the labeled one OH YOU REMIND ME OF THIS PERSON. Also a BAD characterization. You are NOT another person even if similar. As Judy Garland reminds us, "Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else." DO NOT want to be like someone else!
Thanks for letting me rant on society's perceived labels they give us. It starts in childhood I believe where we watch Michael Jackson on TV and want to do a Moonwalk backward dance or see Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan do a dunk of a basketball and want to be like Mike, but we have to remember, WE ALREADY ARE ALL WE NEED TO BE. WE ARE A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PRINCESS (or Prince).