In the history books, my name highlighted in bold, with a special chapter on page 69 of high school U.S and International World History textbooks. But for what? Many people can be famous, people can be rich, people can be both, but only a few people make it to the actual pages of human history. I’ve been thinking, and these celebrities, people like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, everyone knows who they are. If you don’t, you live under a rock, and I’m surprised you’re even reading this right now. Or that you can even read.
How will they hold to the trials of time? Will people know who they are, come a hundred years from now? Maybe. Times are different, because now there’s more ways to capture it. Arguments can be made that Kim’s booty will be etched in the pages of history as a cultural icon. That Justin Bieber changed the game for mainstream music. I ain’t going to lie, “What do you mean,” is straight fire. Actually, Justin Bieber will probably be remembered like the Beatles. But I digress, I don’t want to be remembered like how the Kardashians are, as socialites, because in the long run, they’ll be dust in the memories of humanity like the rest of us. (Sorry, shit’s getting deep. Here’s a link to Disney.com).
I bet in the seventeen hundreds there was a dude with a slight frame who could make melodic music with just his tonsils. And somewhere in the world the pilgrims were going ham over some babe with 20th century fashion sense. They had their fame, but I don’t know their names. The only smokeshow I know who made history for being a dime was Helen, and that was because she started a war and razed a ground to dust while simultaneously causing Greek gods to throw hands. Unless Kim Kardashian or ANY other socialite celebrity was going to start World War Three, I doubt their name will be remembered like Helen’s thousands of years from now.
Fame like what celebrities have is only temporary, long in the sense of a human life, but short in the sense of the history of our world. Which brings me back to the question, how do you want to be remembered?
History holds places for those who make an impact in the world, those who can influence and touch the multitude of lives not just now, but of those in the next generation. Their life is one of making a difference, and history holds no bias towards good or bad. (I do though, you should want to make a positive difference. Just cause you know, it’s positive).
Here’s a statement. If you make money, you might change the world. But if you change the world, then you’ll have every opportunity to make money. Either way, the actions we have on our brief periods on earth can be the starting letter to how history remembers us. Something that can profoundly influence other people. I don’t know about you, but I want to be remembered for doing something badass, not something like “made a sex tape with Ray J in early 21’st century”.
Imagine, even if it’s just a sentence...
“John Smith became the first president of The United State of Mars to cure cancer, deadlift 1156 pounds, and recorded the international anthem for Mars, which is still widely used today. The 101th president of the United States grew up in the *your name here* Orphanage which was founded in 2015 A.D...”
If you can’t change the world, change someone’s world, and maybe like a momentous wave, you will start the tidal of change.
Wouldn’t that all be worth it?