I remember when I was in primary school I wanted to be an astronomer (looking for objects up in the sky), archaeologist (looking for objects down beneath the earth), or architect (building things up or down), when I grow up. The first two were clearly and highly influenced by reading too much Hergé and Agatha Christie. The third one I wasn’t sure, probably because I liked the way it sounds. Most friends wanted to be doctors; but my father is a doctor so there was no mystery and room for romantic imaginations for me there. Some just simply said they wanted to be engineers without knowing much about it. I can’t remember if any of my school friends wanted to be lawyers.
But I can remember none of us ever dreamt of saying we wanted to be dancers or singers. Let alone models. Those are just extra curricular activities (mind you, I went to a strict all-girl Catholic school run by nuns!) and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
But last year when GM and I were on the train back from London, we were sitting next to a lady with 7-year old daughter. She’s pretty, very friendly, cheerful, and couldn’t stop singing songs beyond her age, from Britney Spears to Pink to Girls Aloud’s songs. Her mom proudly told us that her daughter wanted to be a pop idol. Not a singer, but a pop idol. Back then I thought this young girl has watched too much X-Factor and American Idol, but I did wonder if the world has changed and no one dreams about working as a professional and chooses to be famous, whatever it takes, instead.
But I get where she is coming from. She is from the era of Big Brother and such reality tv shows which can turn people from nobody to somebody overnight without actually having done anything, and give perception that it is so easy to be in the silver or big screen and all you need to do is sing a bit, act a bit, model a bit, and be colossally sensational forever.
But this below article really makes me cringe. What has the world turned into?
If it was your daughter, what would you say to her?